Tottenham are hungry but Chelsea are FA Cup semi favourites, says Pochettino


It's up to us now to step up and make the dream a reality. So why, with a need for young, title-challenging central defenders in the immediate future, did Chelsea bring Ake to simply shove him back into the depths of the Cobham training ground?

"We are talking of the team that maybe in the last five years has won European competitions, World Cups, a manager that won the league with Juventus in Italy". He did it on his arrival at the Bridge when he transformed last season's de-motivated losers into determined winners.

"Not a serious problem, but now Gary is getting better and is improving a lot".

"But we are in a good moment, too, and we are hungry to challenge this type of team". We have 71 points with six matches to go whereas we finished last season with 70 points. But they look the real deal under Mauricio Pochettino, and just need a piece of silverware to mark their ascent toward the summit of the English game.

Spurs trail their London rivals by just four points in the Premier League with the title race set to go down to the wire.

"I hope the players respond, they have not responded well over the last six games when pressure has been there but we have to perform to alleviate it".

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"He received immediate treatment on site from our medical staff before being transferred to hospital by ambulance".

Chelsea and Tottenham dominated the XI as expected, with four players from either side representing the Premier League's front runners. If it is not this season, then it will be the one after. Sandwiched between these games were two welcome victories over Manchester City and Bournemouth but despite this, the nagging doubts created by the wobble in form means that Conte will have had to spend time this week preparing his squad mentally as well as tactically.

They have spent much of the season in the relegation zone and, after an initial bounce following Clement's appointment in January, they fell back in to the bottom three following the 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham two weeks ago. I am repeating that John, for me in this first season, is very important.

"He has unbelievable talent and he is a fantastic leader - one of a dying breed of leaders".

Arsenal will be looking to Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to have big games for the club.