Mauricio Pochettino sends clear message to Arsenal after Tottenham's defeat

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Mauricio Pochettino spoke after Tottenham's 2-1 home defeat to Southampton.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told The Independent that he doesn't care about Arsenal, after his side lost 2-1 to Southampton.

Spurs went into the game knowing that three points would all but seal a second place finish, and they were on course for that win when Son Heung-min rounded Fraser Forster and tapped the ball home from close range.

However, that was as good as it got for Spurs, as Steven Davis scored either side of half time to hand Southampton a shock victory and condemn Tottenham to a third straight game without a win.

Now, Spurs' defeat has opened up the door for Arsenal to finish above Pochettino's men yet again, potentially robbing Tottenham of the chance to finish above their North London rivals for the first time since 1995.

The pressure is now on for Spurs to lock down second place on the final day of the season, as they will travel to face Newcastle United next weekend, whilst Arsenal will be taking on already-relegated Aston Villa.

Spurs have a much greater goal difference, but any slip-up at St. James' Park could let Arsenal in to claim top spot in North London yet again.

Fans may be focusing on that situation, but manager Pochettino spoke to The Independent after the final whistle against Southampton, and sent a clear message to the Gunners - 'I don't care about you!'

Pochettino admitted that, whilst he wants Tottenham to be the best they can be, he isn't obsessing about finishing above Arsenal and really doesn't care about Arsene Wenger's men, though he understands why fans are so keen to pip Arsenal to second place.

"I don’t care about Arsenal," said Pochettino. "I want to win the league and be on the top. Sure I want to be above them. The supporters and players feel the same but to try to improve and be bigger we need to look at us and not care what happens with our neighbours."

"I understand the fans’ feelings. It’s normal. For us the same. [But we need to] create and keep our way, build our own philosophy and ideas and the consequence [if we get it right] is to be above all our opponents, not just Arsenal. We need to spend our energy to win games like today. I don’t care about opponents," he added.

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