Mauricio Pochettino has told his Tottenham players that they need to think like a big club if they want to become one of the Premier League's major players - and they can start by not worrying about Arsenal.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the 2-1 home defeat to his former club Southampton, he said:
"I think that I don't care about Arsenal, I want to win the league, I want to be on top but Arsenal I do not care about.
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"Sure I want to be above them, but this I think is normal. But to try to improve, to try and be bigger, we need to concentrate on us and not look what is happening with our neighbours."
North London gets ready
The Argentine boss was left to rue a frustrating defeat which saw the Lilywhites hold 70% of possession, but he will happily put it behind him if his young squad can secure an impressive second-place finish.
Spurs need just one point to finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1995, and Pochettino could be about to become the first Tottenham manager to get one over on Arsene Wenger.
While both managers are playing down the rivalry for second place, it will be a momentous moment in north London if it happens.
His side need to draw at Newcastle if Arsenal win as expected against relegated Aston Villa, and barring a miraculous shift in goal difference, that will be enough for Spurs to be confirmed as Premier League runners-up.
More dropped points
They have made it unnecessarily difficult for themselves by dropping points against Chelsea last week and then losing a lead to scupper their final home game of the season against the Saints, but Pochettino has urged his troops to focus solely on doing their job, thinking solely about the north-east, and not north London on Sunday.
Ordinarily, Spurs would be overwhelming favourites to beat Newcastle, but the Magpies could still be fighting to avoid relegation to the Championship. To add to that, the Southampton defeat, coupled with Arsenal getting a draw against Manchester City, has set Spurs' nerves jangling.
As always, it's going to be a fascinating final day.
Who will finish higher - Arsenal or Spurs? Have your say in the comments.
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