Mauricio Pochettino says that Tottenham have improved a lot in the space of a year.
The club were surprise title contenders last season, but they were unable to sustain the title challenge towards the end of the campaign and lost out to Leicester City. This was a huge blow for the club after having been regarded as one of the finest outside the top four. This season has been an improvement over the last campaign, as the club has been able to remain in the title race even against the big guns like Chelsea and Manchester City.
Speaking ahead of the game with Arsenal during the weekend, Pochettino claimed that the north London outfit have come a long way since the days when they were just barely managing to qualify for the Europa League. Unlike in the past, Spurs will be the favourites to win victory over Arsenal considering that they have been extremely strong at White Hart Lane in recent seasons.
The club has managed wins over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City this season. Pochettino is aware that the club needs to rely on other results in order to win the league, but they are hopeful even with a tough fixture list compared to Chelsea. It feels a little like they are at the roulette table of a Gala casino, about to go all in.
“The team is more mature than last season. It was a completely different moment. I feel now the team has more capacity to manage the stress, to fight to win the title, and I think we’ve improved a lot.Whether we win or lose, I think the team are at another level mentally.It’s important to win because we know what it means to beat Arsenal in the derby, but our aim is to win the title, not to be above Arsenal,” said the Spurs manager, whose team also face the likes of Manchester United in the remaining games.