Mauricio Pochettino has called on his players to show they mean business when they travel to face Manchester City in Saturday evening’s vital Premier League game.
Second-placed Tottenham could open up a six-point gap on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this weekend – but Pochettino has demanded his men focus more on their own concerns than their rivals.
“We have to try to show that we can be real contenders for the Premier League, that’s the real challenge,” said Pochettino.
“It’s more important that we can show ourselves, rather than show Manchester City.
“We need to show ourselves we are capable of dealing with that pressure, and to try to win games to achieve big things.
“I think it’s not important today the gap that we can take (this weekend).
“The most important thing will be our performance – to show that we have improved a lot and learned from last season.
“It will be a very tough game, I think when you play against a team like Manchester City you must always give your best.
“To try to get the three points, that’s our challenge.
“But it’s too early to talk about decisive games, or decisive points. There are a lot of big things ahead.”