Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against local rivals Arsenal, Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says it’s a measure of how far his team has progressed that they no longer measure themselves against Arsenal.

Spurs were beaten 4-2 by Unai Emery’s Arsenal in their most recent match, three weeks ago, in the EPL, and they will be looking to exact revenge by knocking Arsenal out in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Going into Wednesday’s match, they are five points ahead of Arsenal and that, perhaps, is enough reason for Pochettino to feel they don’t need to focus on their bitter rivals any more.

“If you lose your focus, focus on another club, maybe you need to improve if you are to achieve the thing you are dreaming of,” Pochettino said.

“Tottenham was a little way losing focus in the past and I think now the focus is to improve yourself, compete, and the challenge is be better every season. The consequence will be to be above some clubs but the focus is never on another club like Arsenal.”

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