Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs boss makes demand amid Man Utd interest and title challenge

In 2016, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard stoked tensions ahead of by declaring he and his team-mates didn’t want Spurs to win the league.

He said: “We don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League; the fans, the club and the players.”

The match ended up being a draw and put to bed Tottenham’s hopes of winning the title.

Pochettino’s men are well and truly in contention to win the league this season and currently trail table-toppers Liverpool by six points.

And the Argentine is hoping no inflammatory comments are made in the months to come.

“When you are professional, some opinions you cannot make public,” said Pochettino.

“Because after, you create a big problem, like what happened at Chelsea. 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. We are public persons.”

Tottenham’s draw with Chelsea resulted in Leicester City winning the title a year after they staved off relegation.

Pochettino believes the general public wanted the Foxes to triumph over his side but doesn’t think that’ll be the case this time around.

“Now, it is between the top six: Liverpool, Tottenham, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United and it’s going to be more about who can win the league,” he said.

“We are not going to receive a favour and nor will another club.

“It’s true, the season when Leicester were there the sympathy for Leicester was bigger than for Tottenham. That was the reality.

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“But they won and they deserved to be the champions. The sympathy of the neutral people was more for Leicester than for us. This is normal.”

Pochettino’s latest comments on the title race come as his future with the Tottenham continues to be a topic of intense speculation.

The 46-year-old is Manchester United’s no.1 target to replace Jose Mourinho, who was relieved of his duties as manager earlier this month.

The former Espanyol and Southampton manager hasn’t ruled out the possibility of replacing Mourinho, saying earlier this month: “What is going to happen in the summer?

“What is going to happen tomorrow? No one knows. The most important is to enjoy the journey. I’m so happy here. What is going to happen is not in our hands, I mean the decision in another club, we don’t know.

“That is not my business and then I will not waste time or energy because my focus and energy is in Tottenham, to prepare the best way (for) the games, and, of course, to respect the club that employs you.”

Tottenham return to action later today, welcoming Wolves to Wembley.


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