POCHETTINO: DON’T EXPECT ANOTHER BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE

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The football world was held to a standstill last season when Chelsea came from two goals down to draw Tottenham 2-2 in a game called “Battle of the Bridge” – a result which ensured Tottenham’s title hopes last season became over.

Tottenham lost their cool in that game and ended up with 9 yellow cards, and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that no such thing will open in today’s fixture.

Pochettino said: “The reality was that it was my first time as a manager fighting for the Premier League.

“I prefer to win, not to fight against relegation with Espanyol or Southampton, like in my first season [at St Mary’s]. I enjoy it more than to play not to go to the second division.

“Because we are so open in our minds always, every day is a good opportunity to learn. With one year more, I can tell you that I have more experience and I think I have a little bit more knowledge about life and football.

“For all the team, it was a new experience to fight for the Premier League. I think we played more with our emotions than with our heads. It’s true that now the players are more mature, I am more mature, we are all more mature.

“We learned a lot from that experience and now we are focused on trying to be better, to push ourselves to be better.”

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