Mauricio Pochettino has called on Tottenham supporters to help spur the team on to prevail over Arsenal – not only because bragging rights are at stake, but because they still think they can catch Chelsea.
Tottenham are 14 points ahead of an inconsistent Arsenal and are destined to finish above them this season. A victory here would ensure they finish above their local rivals for the first time since 1995 and their fans are having the season of their lives despite being unlikely to win any silverware.
Arsenal’s struggles, meanwhile, despite an FA Cup final appearance on the horizon, means that the mood is heavily toxic around the red half of north London.
This North London Derby also has added significance given the fact that it’s the last at White Hart Lane, making it an intriguing fixture.
On a winning run of 14 at home this term, Spurs will be keen to extend that sequence and the Argentine wants a good performance on Sunday to cement their improvement in recent seasons – and he’s hoping the home fans will help them get over the line.
Pochettino said, “We feel every time that we play, it is the last game – our fans are so excited, and our players too.
“I think that feeling, that energy that our fans translate to the team is amazing and it is key, to push you and help you to give your best.
“They [the fans] can play a part in our last two games, like they are playing [a part] in this season. They were fantastic and they helped the team a lot.
“I think all that we are achieving there at White Hart Lane, is a big percentage [because] of our fans too,” Pochettino continued.