“We arrived 21 months ago and the first meeting I have with a Tottenham player was with him”, Pochettino said.
“You can not say they [the fans] were never as angry as that”.
Chelsea now turn their attentions towards their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, while Arsenal travel to Hull in their FA Cup replay on Tuesday.
“Leicester have lost three games all season”. Where do you see that?
“So, it doesn’t look to me (like) a major statement”. We play for the fans, but if the others lose their money it’s not because of what Leicester are doing in this campaign.
“The players… nobody moved for minutes and minutes”.
“For one year you don’t achieve this, you want to make something different? It’s quite remarkable that you are shocked by statements like that”.
The pressure is mounting on Arsene Wenger’s shoulders following those losses but the Frenchman will get plenty of supporters back on side if he can master a victory at the home of their fierce north London rivals tomorrow. His team had to be “immune” he said, to the mood of doubt and frustration at the Emirates.
“We are professional people”. But two Harry Kane goals won it for the hosts as he first turned the ball in from close range, and then guided a tremendous header past David Ospina after being set up by Nabil Bentaleb. “It is one of the few derbies where the title is at stake”.
But inevitably a loss against the most dominant force in European football shouldn’t be what defines Arsenal’s season, Arsenal have been licking their wounds for too long which has put them in an uncomfortable position – they need to get fired up again before it’s far too late for them.
They may have missed the chance to take top spot in midweek as they lost at West Ham, but results went their way and Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain firmly in the title race.
Infantino, speaking on Friday evening in Cardiff, said: ” These discussions have always taken place and since I started to work at UEFA in 2000 I spent half of my time discussing and arguing with clubs and in the end always finding solutions.
Asked if he liked the atmosphere at Spurs, Wenger simply replied: “I love it”.
While his weeks games include lowly Aston Villa traveling to Manchester City in search of a way off the foot of the table, Chelsea looking to continue their resurgence against Stoke along with the crunch match at the bottom between Swansea and Norwich, make no bones about it, this London derby is the biggest match of the weekend and season so far.
Smith said: “I still like the look of Spurs, even after today”. “They have made progress, yes”.
“If you were in our dressing room after the game, you would see that we were absolutely devastated to lose the game”.