Cech on improved Sp*rs and a ‘power shift’


Petr Cech says that there has been no power shift in North London as the Gunners prepare for the North London derby this weekend.

Although last year was the first time the old enemy finished above Arsenal in the table for over 20 years, the Arsenal stopper believes there are always temporary blips, and he’s called on his teammates not to pay too much attention to what they do and focus instead on finishing as high up the table as possible.

The 35 year old was talking to Sky Sports ahead of the crunch clash at the Emirates on Saturday, and was asked about:

A power shift…

“I don’t think so,” he said. “There’s always the odd year where things can change. I think the most important thing for us is to compete with teams in the Premier League for the title and the glory.

“We’re not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. Two years ago, when we finished above them, we were disappointed because we didn’t win the title. This has been the same feeling.

“Our target is to win the title and to be successful during the season and not necessarily to be looking at what Tottenham is doing.”

On why Spurs have got better…

“The big factor was the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino,” he said.

“You can see his work at Southampton showed he was a very capable manager and a good coach. I think for me, that made the biggest difference. They have young talented players and experienced players, their team is very well balanced.

“There was always something missing and the difference was when Pochettino came and you can see it helped them to compete. Obviously, they are in the mix, they got into the Champions League and it’s a big difference.

“Last year was a strange season, we had more points than the previous season but ended outside the top four and the Champions League spots. It was a big disappointment to everybody.

“This season we need to make sure we go back to the Champions League spots. At this point of the season we’re behind City and after the loss last week they have a significant advantage but we need to make sure we’re ready to compete and to keep winning games.”

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