Petr Cech denies suggestions of a north London power shift and believes Tottenham must win a trophy to match Arsenal’s success.
For the 1st time in 22-years, Spurs finished ahead of Arsenal when they claimed second spot in the Premier League last season.
In May, Gunners lifted their 3rd FA Cup in the last 4 years with victory over champions Chelsea at Wembley. Asked if there had been a power shift in north London, Cech said: “No I don’t think so. There is always one odd year where things can change, but the most important thing for us is competing against the other teams for the Premier League title and for the glory.
“We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn’t win the title. Our target is to win the title and be successful during the season, not necessarily looking at what Tottenham are doing.”
He added: “They’ve been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression. Success is ultimately winning trophies. We were under pressure the last couple of years, people talking about winning trophies, obviously we are disappointed not to have won the title but we won FA Cups. Although the season was not always what we wanted, we always had a trophy at the end of it.”
Arsene Wenger’s position as manager of Arsenal has come under scrutiny over the last year while Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has earned plaudits for leading the club to challenge for the Premier League title in the last 2 seasons.
According to Czech: “The big factor was the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino. You can see from his work at Southampton, he showed that he is very capable as a manager and coach.
“For me that made the biggest difference because they have young, talented players as well as experienced players, their team is very well balanced. There was always something missing but I would say the difference was when Pochettino came.”
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