‘Time for Spurs to win some­thing’

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ARSE­NAL goal­keeper Petr Cech said fin­ish­ing above ri­vals Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in the Premier League is not their pri­or­ity, adding Mauricio Po­chet­tino’s side must win a tro­phy to prove how far they have come un­der the Ar­gen­tine.

Tot­ten­ham fin­ished ahead of Arse­nal for the first time in 22 years when they fin­ished sec­ond in the league last sea­son.

Mean­while, Arsene Wenger’s side missed out on Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball with a fifth-placed fin­ish but ended the sea­son by lift­ing the FA Cup for the third time in four years.

“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,” Cech told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Po­chet­tino’s Spurs have chal­lenged for the league ti­tle over the last two sea­sons, while their re­cent vic­to­ries over Real Madrid and Borus­sia Dort­mund have placed them among the top clubs in the Cham­pi­ons League.

But hav­ing failed to win a ma­jor tro­phy since the League Cup in 2008, Cech be­lieves win­ning sil­ver­ware is nec­es­sary for Spurs to mark their re­cent progress.

“There was al­ways some­thing miss­ing but I would say the dif­fer­ence was when Po­chet­tino came,” the 35-year-old from the Czech Repub­lic 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.”

Arse­nal, cur­rently sixth in the stand­ings, host third-placed Tot­ten­ham at the Emi­rates Sta­dium in the league on Satur­day.

La Liga plans to in­tro­duce video as­sis­tant ref­er­ees (VAR) next sea­son, the league’s pres­i­dent Javier Te­bas said yes­ter­day.

Spain’s top flight is the only one of Europe’s top five leagues which has so far shunned the use of goalline tech­nol­ogy, much to the frus­tra­tion of the teams.

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