Mauricio Pochettino has warded off talk of Tottenham's lack of trophies by stating that he does not care much about Cups and only has eyes for the Premier League and Champions League titles as trophies to aim for.
Arsenal face Spurs at the Emirates after finishing behind them last season for the first time in 21 years, which led to a lot of criticism for the manager. However, Arsene Wenger still came out holding his head high after winning his third FA Cup in four years. In comparison, Tottenham are yet to compete for a major trophy in years, despite finishing 11 points ahead of Arsenal last season.
A win in the north London derby will take Spurs seven points clear at the top and end any hope of the Gunners challenging for the title this season. The Lilywhites are the favourites coming into the game, having taken four points from the two league games last season. Pochettino is still undefeated in six league games against Wenger in the north London derby, winning two and drawing the rest.
Incidentally, Spurs are already out of contention in the Carabao Cup after they squandered a two-goal lead to lose the game 3-2 to West Ham United in the Round of 16. They are currently third in the league, level on points with Manchester United, 11 games into the campaign.
"For us it is an important game, a derby, and more than three points, but it is important to keep doing well in a long process. Important to improve every game and every season and say we can win not only cups but Premier League and Champions League, that is pressure we are building," Pochettino said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"The pressure to win only cups is not useful for us. If we can win FA Cup, Carabao Cup - fantastic, but principal option is to win Premier League and put Tottenham in position to win Champions League. You know Premier League and Champions league is a massive challenge for big clubs, this type of trophy are the real trophies."