Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has had to stop his players training too hard ahead of Monday night’s clash with Chelsea.
Spurs’ faint hopes of being crowned champions lived to fight another day after the Foxes’ 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, but the trophy will be heading to the King Power Stadium if Pochettino’s men fail to beat Chelsea.
The visit to Stamford Bridge was always going to be must-win – even if Leicester were beaten by United – and with Arsenal creeping up behind them in third place a defeat would not only end their title bid but also hamper their chances of finishing in second.
Hardly a good time to go to Stamford Bridge then, a place where they have not won since February 1990, but Pochettino says his players need no extra motivation for a London derby.
“We spoke before with (assistant head coach) Jesus (Perez) and the staff,” said Pochettino, speaking before Leicester’s game.
“It is always difficult at the end of a season because of the fatigue – not only physical but mental – but the way we train every day, sometimes we have to stop them because it is too much.
“The motivation is massive. If I can help with my new contract and if Leicester drop points on Sunday I think it is welcome.
“But either way our players our very, very motivated to play on Monday against Chelsea.”