EPL preview: Wenger advises Pochettino to focus on important things
Arsenal boss Wenger advises Tottenham's Pochettino to focus on what is important and not worry about silverware, ahead of North London derby
Arsene Wenger has told Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino that his side must overcome the fear of not winning a trophy if they are to earn silverware in the future. Spurs have improved markedly since the arrival of Pochettino in 2014 and finished second in the Premier League last season. They also ended the campaign above Arsenal for the first time in Wenger's 21-year reign — although the Gunners did win the FA Cup for a record 13th time. Tottenham make the short journey to the Emirates Stadium sitting three places and four points ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (right) has not witnessed a victory in a Premier League clash with Tottenham since 2014. Pic/Getty images
Despite earning plenty of admirers for their style and exuberance, Tottenham have not been able to win a trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008. Pochettino has yet to come under pressure to start delivering silverware but, ahead of today's North London derby at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger has offered words of advice to the Argentine.
Asked how he got over the line to deliver his first trophy as a manager, Wenger replied: "By keeping your nerves and getting the players to focus on what is important. "At some stages, by fighting a little bit against your inhibitions — the fear that you won't get over the line. Basically you need to focus on what is important and not focus on the trophy too much." Wenger has not witnessed victory in a Premier League clash with Tottenham since 2014.
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