Poch ‘proud’ others are backing Leicester

Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs should be flattered with rival players and managers wanting Leicester to win the league.

Tottenham: Poch 'proud' others are backing LeicesterTottenham: Poch 'proud' others are backing Leicester

Chelsea’s former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas said this week he did not want Spurs to lift the title, and the Blues could have a big say in the race at the top given they play Pochettino’s men at home in nine days’ time and host Leicester on the final day of the season.

Tottenham have reduced the gap to five points after the leaders drew 2-2 against West Ham last weekend, and Pochettino is not concerned about the wave of support for the Foxes.

“I believe that in football the players are professional the managers are professional,” Pochettino said.

“We are too exposed on the media and sometimes we need to say something interesting. Maybe sometimes it’s not the case and my press conferences are boring!

“I feel proud if other players want Leicester to win the league. Maybe we are worrying them a lot, more than we believe.”

Tottenham play second again this weekend as they host West Brom on Monday, with Claudio Ranieri’s side facing Swansea at home on Sunday.

It gives Leicester the chance to pull eight points clear by the time Spurs kick off against the Baggies, but Pochettino is not complaining about the schedule.

“I’m happy with the way we take the moment. We need to play after the other team on Monday. We need to accept that,” Pochettino said.

“We know it is football but it is business too. We know the rules and I don’t complain – it is no excuse.”

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