Tottenham centre-back Jan Vertonghen insists the pressure is all on Premier League leaders Chelsea after his side kept their title hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Spurs win the last north London derby at White Hart Lane
A Dele Alli opener was followed up by a Harry Kane penalty as this fixture was played for the final time at White Hart Lane. The result keeps the four-point gap between Pochettino’s side and Chelsea, who beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison earlier this afternoon four teams having four matches to play.
“The pressure is on Chelsea. One defeat, and a win for us and the gap will just be a point”, Vertonghen told Sky Sports after the game.
The 30-year-old, who led the defence superbly alongside fellow Belgium international Toby Alderweireld, said Spurs had been hungrier for victory which also guaranteed that they will finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1995.
"Massive win" says elated Vertonghen
“It was a massive game in so many different ways - we showed from the start we wanted to win more than them, and that we want to stay in the title race. It was a great performance throughout the team, from Hugo in goal through to Harry”, continued Vertonghen.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino agreed that it had been a fantastic afternoon. “To beat Arsenal in the last derby at White Hart Lane… it was emotional for everyone. Now we can say that we are more mature. Today was another chance to see the team learning and improving. It is so important now to try and win trophies - that is our aim. I think still we are in the race”, the coach told reporters.
Arsenal now six points off the pace, with a game in hand
Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger played down the significance of Spurs finishing above them in the table. The defeat leaves his side outside of the top 5 on 60 points and now dependent on the two Manchester clubs and Liverpool to slip up if they are to have any chance of playing Champions League football next term.
“Mathematically it has to happen once. We are not happy with it but we don't compare ourselves to Spurs, we compare ourselves to where we want to be” Wenger said.