Pochettino: We have to be ready

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged his squad to be ready to pounce on any Chelsea slip ups as they look to close the gap to the Blues at the top of the table.

Spurs are currently second in the Premier League standings, but are a full nine points adrift of their London rivals at the summit.

Last season, the Lily Whites appeared to set for a title challenge, until they lost mental focus towards the end of the campaign and eventually finishing third – something Pochettino is not interested in repeating this term.

"For me, the most important thing is to be ready to take the possibility if Chelsea give the possibility," he said.

"Last season, we arrived at the last game second in the table but we finished third. If the possibility was to win the league we would have missed the possibility to win the league.

"We have to be ready. It is up to us. All that we can do is be there if the possibility exists. If not, okay. But if Chelsea drop their performance and their results, we need to be ready to take their place.

"That is one lesson we learned from last season. It is about us. If Chelsea lose, we need to make sure not another team takes our place. Now we are second, we need to keep that."