Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino does not rate his side as premier league contenders this season.
Spurs defeated Chelsea 3-1 last season to end the Blues unbeaten run and could end Arsenal’s 18 games unbeaten run.
They are third on the log ahead of their clash against the Gunners this weekend. But the Argentine says pressure isn’t on his side to win the league.
“We are closer than last season to the top. I cannot say we’re a contender for the title,” Pochettino said.
“I think Manchester City are on a different level and of course clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, the same, Manchester United and Arsenal.
“They make more investment than us and on a different level. I think they need to show or be the contenders – or they are the contenders, more than us.
“But we’re there. If we’re capable in the last few months of the seasn to be in a good position on the table, we’re going to try.”
Pochettino admits it’s more difficult securing a champions league spot this season compared to last season.
“I think yes, to be in the top four this season will be tougher than the previous season,” he said.
“But we have the belief that we can do it and deliver a very good job and that’s the most important thing, because we have the quality.”