Pochettino: Tottenham Will Remain Professional In Title Race

Pochettino: Tottenham Will Remain Professional In Title Race

Tottenham’s experience of previous title races means they will remain humble this time around, says boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have made themselves potential Premier League champions this season after a sparkling run of form and sit above Manchester City in second spot, six points off leaders Liverpool, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wolves.

Many people still consider them outsiders and plenty of neutrals might prefer to see them finish top come May.

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That is in stark contrast to three years ago when they were going head-to-head with the people’s champions Leicester, with the general public all getting behind the Foxes as they embarked on a fairy-tale story.

But Spurs found that opposition teams were also rooting for Leicester, notably Chelsea, whose players went public with their opinion before they hosted Pochettino’s men at Stamford Bridge in a decisive game in the title race.

The 2-2 draw handed Leicester the title, but the game will be best remembered for the bad feeling between the two sides, where 12 players were booked.

That left Pochettino and Spurs with a bitter taste in their mouths, ensuring they will do things the right way this time. “When you are professional you are professional, and some opinions you cannot make public,” he said.

“Because after you create a big problem like what happened at Chelsea, remember? That was more like a battle than a football game. Why did that happen? You know very well. “That’s why it’s compulsory to behave professionally.

We translate a lot of emotion to the people. “When you make public some emotions or opinions when you are professionals, yes (it was annoying).

“Because if you are going to play after against this team you cannot say, ‘I prefer Leicester to win the league’. “You have to play against Tottenham and Leicester and you are a professional. I accept it may be your feeling that you prefer Leicester to Tottenham but to make it public is different.

“That is what annoyed me and my players and our fans, for sure. But in the end, it’s normal. “You have your opinion and think maybe it will be Leicester, with less budget and everything, it would be nice for them to win. And it will be a massive history and for the Premier League, it says that all is possible in the Premier League.

“It was an amazing history. But when you are involved and you give your opinion and after you have to play against Tottenham and Leicester, I think it’s not right.”

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