Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Tottenham are targeting “bigger things” than finishing above Arsenal this season.
Spurs have never finished higher than than North London rivals during the Arsene Wenger era – the last time it happened was back in 1994-95. Even last season the Gunners over-took Tottenham in the finishing straight after competing for the title.
But the White Hart Lane club, who are now second, have not been 14 points clear of Arsenal since May 1963.
Tottenham host Bournemouth on Saturday as they aim to cut Chelsea’s seven-point lead at the top of the table and then face the Stamford Bridge club in the FA Cup semis next weekend.
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Asked if he was confident about finally finishing above Arsenal, Pochettino said: “I am confident about winning on Saturday. I think we’re playing and fighting for bigger things and if we look at the bigger picture it’s to try to reduce the gap with Chelsea.
“I think today it’s not important the gap we have with Arsenal. The most important thing is to job our job, try to win games and try to reduce the gap with Chelsea.
“It’s true that all can happen in football but you must keep that mentality we have been showing and show we’ve improved a lot from last season. It’s a big opportunity because we arrive in a similar position to last season, fighting for the Premier League with a similar gap too.
“Now it’s about trying to cross that limit, push ourselves a little bit more and trying to go further than last season.”