Poch said: “We reduced the gap by three points but it’s still a big gap, seven is a massive difference. Chelsea, two and a half years ago they won the Premier League and 80 per cent of the players have experience of how to manage the pressure.
“They can win or lose but it’s not putting pressure or stress on them. In football all can happen,” Pochettino said.
“That’s a good reason for all – belief is the most important thing in football – not only quality, running or being strong. Belief, faith and fight. Nothing is impossible in football and that is our idea, our philosophy.
“We need to keep going in that direction and it’s true the Premier League is tough to play in, and to win every game and compete. It’s so competitive.
“But if it can happen? Yes, of course, it can happen and our mind must be positive to try to imagine and dream and believe and give our best.”
Belief, faith and fight, eh? I’d have preferred to rely upon all the points we dropped when we went on that magnificent unbeaten run when we couldn’t win a game.
The message I do get from Poch is that he’s more than satisfied with the way the season has gone and anything else at this stage is gravy.
A top four finish will be fairly remarkable given the continuous fiasco that is our transfer business. I’m not sure what Mauricio deserves more, a bonus or a medal.
Second or third or whatever of course isn’t a tangible thing. Nobody bar those most tedious of types who salivate over such things will remember this season in a few seasons time.
I’ll keep drawing the Arsenal comparison until the similarities cease to be.
It’s easy to dismiss the demonstrating fans as pilchards, but stimulating the consciousness of people takes more than you might think. In fact, if you looked at the Ad Vans outside the Emirates and just thought ‘pilchards’, you’re halfway there to proving my point.
If you’re struggling how anyone could be so ungrateful, so angry that their side did little more than achieve top four every season, then you may well be the same sort of sap who takes pride in the fact that Joe Lewis has never spent.
We have a philosophy, sadly it’s one that regards winning as a liability.
Football is about winning and modern football is ALL about money. What happens in the confines in your mind is one thing, but out here in the real world football is about winning and modern football is ALL about money.
You don’t take the edge off not winning by nearly winning. You don’t take the edge of not spending big by spending modestly.
There is no ethical reward system. There is no path of spiritual enlightenment. Winners go home and f— the prom queen.
Second prize is a set of wood-effect steak knives.
That’s ALL that there is.
A significant number of Arsenal fans have had their fill of wood-effect steak knives and they want some actual steak.
I’m less fussed to worry about whether Poch is still be enjoying the gravy in 5 seasons time when we’re still ‘only’ finishing in the top four and the trophy cabinet is still a dust trap.
My concern is the sustainability of the ‘new destination’ and asking how long will it take before our fans are at each other’s throats outside that ‘new destination’.