Pochettino not worried about Arsenal; Spurs need to “be strong, be a big club”

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino struck a confident tone after his Spurs side fell 2-1 to visiting Southampton on Sunday.

Yes, Spurs had neglected to put a stranglehold on second place Arsenal, leaving the door open for their North London Derbymates (Arsenal drew Man City 2-2 later Sunday, and is now two points back of Spurs).

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Pochettino isn’t worried about what Arsenal does, though, as the Spurs manager knows his side still controls its fate regardless of what Arsenal does next Sunday. Beating Newcastle means a second-place finish. Simple as that.

From the BBC:

“We are still in a great position and if we look back to the start of the season we all should be proud. We need to look at ourselves, not at our neighbour.

“We need to think like a big club, not worrying about what’s happening in another house. We need to change that mentality, to be strong, to be a big club.”

Love hearing that from your manager, no? Spurs has the capability to become a Premier League power, but first needs to think that way. Well said, Poch, even if your club is in a very tricky way at the end of the season.

Of course, what’s harder than mentality is the suspensions of Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele. And depending on what happens Wednesday, Newcastle could be fighting for its Premier League life.