Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has claimed that Premier League rivals Tottenham can thank manager Mauricio Pochettino for their rise, with the coach a huge reason behind their improvement.
Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday as they host Tottenham in the latest instalment of the north London derby.
Their game with Spurs has become a must win if they are to maintain their top four challenge with the inconsistent nature of the Gunners meaning that any kind of gap may become insurmountable.
Arsenal were already dealt a killer blow to their title challenge in their last game after Manchester City claimed a 3-1 win over the London side. The loss left Arsene Wenger’s men 12 points off the top, and three points shy of Chelsea in fourth.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are enjoying another positive season, as they currently sit in third-place. Despite the fact they are yet to come good on their potential by winning a trophy, they are quickly becoming one of the strongest teams in Europe, with their recent win over Real Madrid in the Champions League solidifying this.
While Arsenal may see Spurs as their arch-rivals, goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that Mauricio Pochettino has been a huge factor in their rise. Cech told Sky Sports: “The big factor was the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino. You can see from his work at Southampton, he showed that he is very capable as a manager and coach”.
“For me that made the biggest difference because they have young, talented players as well as experienced players, their team is very well balanced. There was always something missing but I would say the difference was when Pochettino came”.
Despite admitting that Pochettino is a huge factor in Tottenham’s success, Cech will want to be part of a team that deals a major blow to his team’s title hopes this season.