Hugo Lloris has claimed that finishing above Arsenal has not been Tottenham’s motivation as they continue to build the club.
Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Everton ensured a fourth consecutive top-four Premier League finish and a third successive year finishing above Arsenal in the table.
Indeed, the Gunners were only ahead of Spurs in the standings for 48 hours of the season, but captain Hugo Lloris insists rivalry is not what was driving them on.
“We don’t look at that type of thing,” he said. “It probably can satisfy some people but it’s not the case for us.
“From the first day that the gaffer arrived, we always wanted to build something strong, be competitive in the Premier League and in European competition.
“This is what we’re doing, step by step. The target is still the same: to reduce the gap with the best clubs in Europe and I think we’re going in the right way.
“It’s like in life – you don’t have to look at your neighbour and compare.
“You need to think about and be focused on yourself to make a success of your life and develop and improve as a person and a professional.
“This is what we’ve done and we don’t want to stop. We want to carry on in the same way. It’s the perfect example.
“Every person tries to develop themselves and the best way is to be focused on yourself and not your neighbour.”
Theo Walcott, who scored Everton’s first on Sunday, believes the manner of the Toffees’ display, which saw them hit back from conceding an early goal, bodes well for next season.
“The manager (Marco Silva) trains us hard every day, he is very intense and I feel like we have got rewarded [for our work] towards the back end of the season,” he told the club’s official website.
“I think we can look forward to next season now. It’s gradual steps and I feel we’ve picked it up.
“We just have to work on that now and build on that. I think we can score more goals and dominate with the ball-players we have in this team.
“But it is definitely a progression from last season.”