Liverpool are in a tight battle with Manchester City for the Premier League title. Between them, the top teams are set to keep the first two league positions with 3rd place almost 20 points off pace.
At the next tier of table are four teams, vying for two remaining Champions League place and the consolatory 5th Place Europa League™ trophy. Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and United making up this bout.
So after his team beat Huddersfield 4-0, an elated Pochettino declared the usual:
“For sure it’s going to be tough,”. “We are fighting against big sides and teams that are building to win the league or to win big trophies or be in the top four.
“We are going to fight against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
“I think until the end it will be a very tough race.”
Things actually get interesting when he says this:
“Of course, to score goals in that opportunity can help in the end. Goal difference can be decisive at the end of the season to achieve the top four.”
“It’s so important,”. “I think to build the confidence in the squad and team.
“It’s true few changes were because of injuries. It’s so important all of our players feel so comfortable, happy and fit with the trust they can compete and be an important part of the team.
-Mauricio Pochettino via independent.ie
Now just go back a few hours into your head, where Tottenham can’t muster a single goal against Man City. Points before goal difference.