Cesc Fabregas has told Tottenham Hotspur that Saturday's FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea will not have any influence on the Premier League title race.
Tottenham are the form team in England, having won their previous eight matches in all competitions and, in the process, they have closed to within four points of Chelsea, who are top of the Premier League with six matches to play.
The former England global also said that Chelsea has given him a platform to compete against the best and break records, when he became the Blues' most decorated player with 14 major honours, including one Champions League trophy, four Premier League titles, one Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups.
"We are talking about one of the best teams in Europe". You fight the likes of Chelsea - you compare the players, and they have players that won World Cups.
"It's a more experienced team than us, but we're in a good moment - a hungry team". The team is playing in a good way, exciting football, scoring goals and not conceding not too many goals.
During that time he won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.
Former Espanyol and Southampton manager Pochettino, in his third season in north London, is yet to win any silverware with Tottenham but if trophies were awarded for progress the Argentine would be ahead of his rivals.
"Three years ago when we signed here, I remember the first few press conferences".
"That was the main problem that Tottenham had".
Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante and Harry Kane are among the Chelsea and Tottenham players in a PFA Premier League Team of the Year dominated by the top two.
The Blues are now topping the league table with 75 points with 6 games to go and Conte's men hope to avoid a slip to deny them their £4 million bonus.
Last season we finished with 70. "We have the facility to challenge and now it is up to us to try to step up and make this dream a reality".
"To keep momentum is most important as all can change very quickly".
"Wearing the armband and being your captain has been without doubt one of the proudest achievements of my life", the English skipper said in the letter published on the club's website on Wednesday. It is a big thing that people put Tottenham at the same level as Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal. "Today, to beat Tottenham is a big, big challenge for everyone, which is good news for us".