Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cech: Sp*rs need to win trophies to show progress

Cech: Sp*rs need to win trophies to show progress

The first North London derby of the season kicks off on Saturday when Spurs travel to the Emirates in the first Premier League game after the worldwide break ends.

Arsenal are now 6th in the league and are four points behind their North London rivals who sit in third place.

Tottenham Hotspur central defender Jan Vertonghen was held out of Tuesday's 3-3 global friendly draw with Mexico after he tweaked his ankle in training with the Belgium national team earlier in the week.

Cech said: "As a team we feel that - although there is a lot of speculation, their contracts are different to everyone else's - you can see they are committed".

"Success is ultimately winning trophies".

"Three years ago, when we finished above them, we were disappointed because we didn't win the title. Although the season was not always what we wanted, we always had a trophy at the end of it".

"The big factor was the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino", Cech told Sky Sports.

Arsenal have won the FA Cup three times in the last four seasons, whilst Tottenham have only two League Cup successes to their name since Arsene Wenger took charge at the Emirates back in 1996. His work at Southampton showed he is a very capable manager.

While the media darlings Tottenham have "put pressure on" the league winners in recent years and beaten Madrid at home in a Champions League match recently, they still have literally nothing to show for it in terms of silverware.

"They have young, talented players as well as experienced players".

With their contracts running out in 2018 it has been suggested that Arsenal should allow both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to leave for the good of the team. After finishing behind Arsenal for 22 straight years many believe that the tide has turned in North London supremacy.

"There was always something missing but I would say the difference was when Pochettino came", he added.

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