Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that he is not concerned about finishing above Arsenal this season and that his main focus is picking up three points in their next Premier League game after the international break.
His side's 2-1 win over former club Southampton consolidated their position of second in the table. The victory also ensured Tottenham are now nine points ahead of their North London rivals Arsenal, who are in the sixth position.
Spurs have not finished above the Gunners in the Premier League since 1995 and narrowly missed out on doing so on the final day of last season. But Pochettino has said that his only concern at the moment is to win the next game against Burnley, which will come on 1 April.
"(The possibility of finishing above Arsenal) creates speculation for the media but the aim for us is always to win the next game," Pochettino told Sky Sports after the Southampton win.
"It is difficult because we now have 10 days without our players. They need to play for their national teams. We hope that nothing happens and all arrive back in a very good position to start to fight again for the league."
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The Argentinian boss also added that his team deserved the win at the weekend, but was full of praise for his former club: " Southampton are a very good team with very good players and, yes, it was difficult but in the end, we were better and deserved the victory.
"The first half we played very well. We were much better. The second half was on the contrary. We conceded a goal because of our mistake, not clearing the ball in the box. They proceeded to score but I think we were better."