Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1: Pochettino cools talk of top-four finish

Mauricio Pochettino is pleased with the passion Tottenham displayed in derby win

Mauricio Pochettino was quick to play down expectations surrounding a top-four finish after Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

Spurs, who beat Chelsea 5-3 on New Year’s Day, came from behind to beat their north London rivals for the first time since March 2013.

We showed from the beginning of the game that we played with passion and emotion

Mauricio Pochettino

Arsenal’s club-record signing Mesut Ozil handed the visitors an 11th-minute lead, but Kane scored twice in the second half to seal three points.

Tottenham hoisted themselves above Arsenal and into fourth place thanks to their derby win, and while Pochettino was thrilled with the result, the Spurs manager refused to get carried away in the top-four race.

“We need to be careful about that [talk of beating Arsenal to op-four finish],” Pochettino told BT Sport in post-match interview.

“We need to look forward but in the same way that we’ve been doing it since the start of the season; step by step.

“We still have to play a lot of difficult games. It is a special three points but we need to look forward and prepare for the next game.”

Tottenham dominated the derby with 55 per cent possession, whilst the home side recorded 23 attempt on David Ospina’s Arsenal goal.

Asked to pinpoint what had helped Spurs to win the game, Pochettino replied: “We play with our brain but also our heart.

“We showed from the beginning of the game that we played with passion and emotion. This is football. I am really pleased with the performance. It was a great.”

Pochettino added that it was special moment in his fledging Tottenham reign.

“It is special for all of us. I am very happy because that we fully deserved the victory. I want to congratulate my players because the performance was brilliant.”

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