Spurs will win nothing this season but have still won wide acclaim for their style of play under Mauricio Pochettino
GARY CAHILL has hit back at claims Tottenham are a better team than Chelsea.
Spurs will win nothing this season but have still won wide acclaim for their style of play, burgeoning ambition and collection of exciting young players.
Defender Cahill won the Premier League on Friday and will be part of the celebrations when Chelsea host Watford as the newly-crowned champions of England and Double hopefuls with the FA Cup final on Saturday week.
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And he said: “Tottenham have got a fantastic team and have been in great form. But consistently over the course of the season, we have been the better side.
“Tottenham have been fantastic the last couple of months but the season is nine months long. It’s very difficult to keep doing it consistently.
“We were looking at them during that nine game winning run. I was sat there thinking ‘are they ever going to lose?’ You got that feeling.
“So I can only imagine what everyone else was thinking when we won 13 on the spin.
“When you’re involved in it, you will always hear us saying ‘next one, next one’.
“You just prepare for the next one, you win that and then prepare for the next one. You don’t take a step back and think about it.
“It’s moments like this, after you’ve won, when you can reflect. I thought Tottenham were winning forever in that nine game run, so people must have been thinking after our 13 games, ‘are they ever going to lose?’ That is another achievement – 13 games on the spin. It’s a joint record.”
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher reckons it is only Chelsea’s winning mentality that made the difference between them and Spurs this season.
Carragher even wrote on Twitter: “Spurs the better team but Chelsea have a ruthless streak that Spurs lack to get over the line in big games.”
Cahill insists the simple numbers tell the story that Chelsea have won the Premier League so therefore are the best.
Cahill said: “People question everything in football. Let everybody else talk about the reasons why and make excuses, talk about why we’re playing this way and why we’re not playing that way or this guy’s in form or out of form.
“But you just keep your mouth shut and then when you reach this moment, nobody can argue that we are the best team in this League.
“We have the best players in this league because we have produced the best results.
“When it comes to our football, the way we play, how we manage games, whether we have been all-out attack or defensive, how does that matter?
“We have got the most points, we have won the League and we deserve too. It’s a very tough League to win, the calibre of players and teams is very difficult so to do it with two games to go is a massive achievement. You’re going to take criticism but it’s how you react to that.
“A turning point for us, like when we lost to Liverpool and Arsenal, could we have slipped back into the mind-set of last year or do we respond? But we responded and that is the make-up of this team.
“Every time we have had a setback, we have responded again. When we lost to Crystal Palace at home, we responded against Manchester City. That’s the sign of winners and a great side.”