Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has told Tottenham that “success is ultimately winning trophies”.
Tottenham have emerged as a leading Premier League title contender over the last couple of seasons under Mauricio Pochettino.
After finishing second to Chelsea last season they were expected to launch an assault on the crown this year, but Manchester City’s dominance sees them boast an eight-point gap after 11 games.
Tottenham remain one of the most praised teams in the country for their style and approach to young players, but Cech has pointed out that they have won nothing yet.
“No I don’t think so,” he told Sky Sports when asked whether Tottenham were the leading north London club. “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.
“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.
“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.
“Success is ultimately winning trophies. We were under pressure the last couple of years, people talking about winning trophies, obviously we are disappointed not to have won the title but we won FA Cups. Although the season was not always what we wanted, we always had a trophy at the end of it.”