Since Mauricio Pochettino’s reign on Tottenham in 2014, he has been able to make a great transformation on the club with Spurs finishing second in the Premier League last season against Arsenal for the first time.
But despite their great changes, Tottenham have not been able to win a trophy since the League Cup in 2008.
Ahead of the game match of Arsenal and Tottenham, Arsene Wenger spoke about his Argentinian counterpart and gave some words of advice to him on.
Asked how he was able to deliver his first trophy, the manager said: “”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.”
Although Wenger has already won the FA Cup, at the end of last season, the Arsenal boss was still called by some to leave the club as they finished 11 points adrift of Spurs.
The 68-year-old Frenchman did not mind the suggestions that they are weaker than their north London neighbours and says he is just focused on what was needed to be done.
“I was always more focused on finishing in the Champions League,” he said.
“When we had less resources financially I knew that we needed the money to pay the stadium back, so I was more focused on that than on Tottenham. I was never too focused on Tottenham.
“Today, people always take one situation and it is permanent. The judgement is definite, permanent and forever.
“It is down to us to change the opinions of people with our performances, I cannot say much more. If they have a perception like that they have a perception like that but how can you respond? Not by me talking here, we need to show on Saturday that it’s not true.”