Post the result, which saw us climb to 3rd in the Premier League until Liverpool’s victory, Pochettino also played down the rivalry between the sides and was quoted by the Telegraph as saying:
“We don’t care if Arsenal are behind us – we are winning because we are building something special.
“Some performances and some results make us trust in the way we play. My idea against Juventus is to keep playing the same, to try and be a little bit braver if we can, but being clever because their level is one of the best.”
The Argentine was also quick to suggest that the next game, which is a tough tie against Juventus, will see them go up against one of the best clubs in Europe. However, he insists that our side is ready to face the defending Serie A champions.
“It’s better that I don’t tell them that,” said Pochettino, when it was highlighted that the back four of Juve have only conceded once in their last 16 games.
“That will be my psychology. It’s a great team – one of the best in Europe and they have a lot of experienced players who know what it is to compete in the Champions League. We don’t have that but our belief, our confidence and our form are good. We will be ready to be very competitive.”
How times have changed between the two rivals. It was Arsenal, just a few years ago, who would boast of those glorious Champions League fixtures, while we struggled to perform and become regulars in the main European competition.
The slide from Arsenal has met with the rise of our side under Pochettino and it should come as no surprise given how smart we have been with the development of players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Danny Rose and even Kyle Walker, though the latter has now moved on to Manchester City.
We are constantly improving and now we have to win a title or two. That is the one thing which is missing from our locker and should Pochettino keep up the good work, we will win trophies eventually.