Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham and Chelsea have great rivalry
Last Updated: 29/03/18 7:07pm
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says matches against Chelsea are so intense they can be compared to north London derbies.
Spurs travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, hoping for a first win at the ground for 28 years - and three points would strengthen their grip on Champions League qualification.
Pochettino is expecting a passionate contest and said: "I think, to compare with Arsenal, I think it is similar. Similar in everything.
"Arsenal, Chelsea are always tough games because they are derbies. For me it is a similar type of opponent and, for the fans, it is so important.
"And of course three points for us would be fantastic, to put us in a very good position in the table."
Just under two years ago, Chelsea ensured Spurs would not be able to catch Leicester in the title race, as the 'Battle of the Bridge' finished in a 2-2 draw.
This weekend's game is not quite so critical but a victory would take fourth-placed Spurs eight points clear of Chelsea in fifth.
Pochettino said: "It is always a massive game, because it is a London derby. I think, when you play this type of game, I think the pressure is for both teams.
"Of course, there are still a lot of games to play.
"It is not a final, it is not a decisive game that is going to put you in one or another position, because there are still a lot of games to play.
"But obviously it is important for your confidence, your motivation.
"To win against Chelsea would be fantastic for everyone but it will be a very tough game - they are a very good team and it is always tough to compete with them."
Spurs will assess Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld is hoping to be involved, but Harry Winks will miss out with an ankle injury.