Tottenham face off against Chelsea in the Premier League’s biggest match this weekend — a game that has taken on increased importance in the eyes of Mauricio Pochettino.
In comments reported by Goal, Pochettino made a controversial claim about Tottenham’s derby matches that will delight the Spurs faithful.
The Tottenham boss suggested that matches against Chelsea were now the club’s largest derby showdowns, due to Arsenal’s disappointing league performances in recent years.
“For us, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham have been our biggest rivals. But I think that has changed a bit because of our positions in the table,” Pochettino told Goal. “In the last few years Chelsea were always on the top and Arsenal, after 21 or 22 years, were below us again.”
Insulting the Gunners will always play well among Tottenham fans, and Pochettino is playing the crowd perfectly by belittling the north London derby and indicating that Chelsea is now Spurs’ biggest rival.
Despite what Pochettino claims, the north London derby is still undoubtedly Tottenham’s most bitter encounter and produces far fiercer emotions than games against the Blues.
Yet the Tottenham manager’s subtle dig directed towards Arsenal will please Spurs fans and add to the mind games being played ahead of next weekend’s north London derby.