Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged his players to forget about the club’s record against London rivals Chelsea when they face them on Wednesday, the Telegraph
It has been 27 long matches at Stamford Bridge since Gary Linekar scored a late winner for the North London side but the Spurs manager is not unduly concerned with past records.
He wants his player’s to forget about any past matches and focus on the same level of performance that impressed during their win against Everton at the weekend.
He said: “I don’t read about the record.
“For us it is important to feel the same mentality we showed against Everton and forget the past. We do not need to let the past affect our present.
“We know that Chelsea are a very strong squad, they are an unbelievable team.”
Travelling fans will hope that their Argentinian boss can create another record breaking performance much like his game in charge of Espanyol against Barcelona when he first took over – winning at the Nou Camp for the first time in 27 years for the club.
Pochettino admitted it was a fantastic memory but played down the label of record breaker and delivered a reality check on the situation, acknowledging that this was an altogether different task.
He added: “Now it is difficult. Mourinho knows me and I know him and I think anyway that in football it is difficult to surprise another team.”
While Chelsea are unbeaten a win for the visitors could move them up to sixth in the table, just two points outside the Champions League places despite poor form at the start of the campaign.
It would also put an end to their rival’s unbeaten start to the season, adding extra incentive.
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