Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal: Mauricio Pochettino says club would need ‘another magic guy’ to deliver regular trophies

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Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino says if expectations change at the membership they’d perhaps per chance have to bag “any other magic man” to order odd Premier League and Champions League titles.

Pochettino is aiming for his fourth consecutive high-four web to meet the membership’s particular intention of Champions League soccer for their new 62,000 skill stadium.

Third-positioned Spurs host North London competitors Arsenal on Saturday [12:30 GMT] on the aid of consecutive Premier League defeats to Burnley and Chelsea.

The Argentine has accredited that now not easy Liverpool and Manchester City for the title is now “very unlikely”; while Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea contain closed the gap as the competition for a high-four self-discipline increases.

“My doubt is now not about my future right here,” stated Pochettino. “After 5 years, I in actual fact factor in we web a handsome job for the membership.

“If now the expectation is that it is now not ample to play well, be a contender for high four and be in the Champions League for the third twelve months in a row, if now the duty is that it is miles compulsory to contain interplay a title on fable of we are doing so well, you would possibly examine with utterly different teams.

“In that comparison, you are going to be in a region to be stunning or unfair to your idea. Of us steal us and save pressure on us if we now contain now not won a trophy. Is that stunning or now not stunning?

“If we compete with the same tools or utterly different tools? If we [are] at the same level or now not?

“Attributable to we’re now not going to interchange the system we operate.”

Spurs had been taking part in at Wembley for the previous 18 months while they fabricate their new flooring. They contain got now not made a signing throughout the closing two transfer home windows and operate on a lower wage budget than their high-six competitors.

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“The job that the membership is doing is incredible on fable of with Brexit, with the save of the pound with Europe, I ponder the value of organising the new stadium [has increased] 30-40 per cent,” Pochettino stated.

“Reach to the new stadium in very true condition – I ponder that is extra than successful a title, extra than successful a Carabao Cup.

“We’re speaking about bigger things than successful a trophy. Needless to claim we would care for to contain interplay a trophy.

“We care for to in actual fact feel, to capture some trophy – the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, the Premier League, the Champions League, clearly.

“However the accountability of the membership is large.

“I will now not change opinions and everybody can steal us in a clear system. For that reason I instructed you that, per chance if Daniel [Levy – Spurs chairman] stated to me next season, ‘Now we contain to contain interplay a title, we now contain to contain interplay the Champions League and we now contain to contain interplay the Premier League’, then per chance you would possibly bag any other magic man who can web this.”


@SteveBowercomm: When North London meets or now not it is now not related the save the two clubs are in the table or in their season, it merely issues.

Nonetheless, true to additional stoke the fire, the sub-region to this one is that an Arsenal have interaction and derby double this season would remarkably steal them within a level of Spurs – an unthinkable enviornment easiest weeks ago.

Mauricio Pochettino has never lost a condominium derby to the Gunners; he’ll hope right here’s the particular fixture to generate a toddle response and steer clear of three straight league defeats for the main time in nearly six and a half of years.

Arsenal’s 5 wins in their closing six has kept them in the hunt for Champions League soccer. Unai Emery’s first derby skills used to be a toddle one; if he can gaze a repeat performance, the dwell-of-season script will contain additional possibilities.


The Gunners reach in to this sport on the aid of just a few convincing home wins over Southampton and Bournemouth, however they are constantly moderately solid at Emirates Stadium anyway.

On the side motorway, it is miles a clear story and, taking that and Spurs’ web into consideration, I ponder a plan is the in all likelihood final consequence.

Prediction: 1-1

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  • Spurs are vying to register three consecutive high-flight home wins in opposition to Arsenal for the main time since 1961.
  • Arsenal’s easiest away league victory on this fixture in the previous 10 attempts came in March 2014, courtesy of Tomas Rosicky’s early intention (D3, L6).
  • They contain got met 197 times in all competitions, with Arsenal leading by 82 wins to Tottenham’s 64.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Spurs are inclined to shedding three consecutive Premier League games for the main time since November 2012 – when the third defeat came in opposition to Arsenal.
  • They contain got long gone a Premier League file 32 consecutive fixtures with out a plan since April. It’s miles the longest high-flight hobble since Portsmouth’s 38-sport gallop in 1928-29.
  • Tottenham contain lost 5 of their seven league fits in opposition to utterly different established high-six teams this season.
  • Mauricio Pochettino has never lost a Premier League home sport in opposition to Arsenal, successful three and drawing two.
  • Harry Kane has scored eight targets in eight Premier League meetings between Spurs and Arsenal, a joint-file in the division in conjunction with Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • Son Heung-min has scored in each and every of Tottenham’s closing four home fits in all competitions.
  • Pochettino and Toby Alderweireld each and every celebrate their birthday on the day of this sport.


  • The Gunners contain won 5 of their previous six league games, as many as they managed in their old 13.
  • They earned a first-rate league away victory in seven attempts at the expense of Huddersfield in their most modern sport on the side motorway.
  • Arsenal are winless in 21 Premier League away fixtures in opposition to utterly different established high six teams since beating Manchester City 2-0 in January 2015 (D7, L14).
  • They’re the finest membership now not to contain kept a Premier League away trim sheet in 2018-19.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored an unrivalled six league targets in London derbies this season.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored four targets and offered three assists in his closing four league appearances.

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