Pochettino’s rallying cry for Tottenham v Chelsea: ‘Forget the past’

'We do not need to let the past affect our present' insists Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs travel to Chelsea on Wednesday having not won at Stamford Bridge since 1990.
Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Everton during their Premier League victory on Sunday at white Hart Lane. Eddie Keogh / Reuteres / November 30, 2014
Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Everton during their Premier League victory on Sunday at white Hart Lane. Eddie Keogh / Reuteres / November 30, 2014

Mauricio Pochettino has told his Tottenham side to forget about their poor record at Stamford Bridge as they prepare for Wednesday’s trip to the home of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Spurs have not won at at the home ground of their London rivals since a late goal from former England striker Gary Lineker sealed a 2-1 victory back in February 1990.

Wednesday’s task is made even more daunting by the knowledge that Spurs will be trying to become the first team to beat Chelsea in all competitions this season.

However, Spurs will make the journey across London buoyed by a 2-1 win at home to Everton that lifted them into seventh in the table, albeit still 13 points behind Jose Mourinho’s leaders.

“I don’t read about Tottenham’s record at Chelsea.” Pochettino said. “For us it is important to go and feel the same mentality which we showed against Everton and forget the past.

“We do not need to let the past affect our present,” the former Southampton manager added.

“We know that Chelsea are a very strong squad of the Premier League, they are an unbelievable team. We know that tomorrow (Wednesday) we should expect a very tough game,” the Argentinian said.

“Our players can look forward to go to Stamford Bridge to try to get the three points. We know it is a difficult stadium because in the last 14 games, they have made 11 clean sheets.

“They are not an easy team, but we go to (a stadium) where it is exciting to play, to show our skill and try to take the three points.

“I believe always in each game I go to play, I have full confidence we can win.”

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Published: December 3, 2014 04:00 AM

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