Tottenham head coach, Mauricio Pochettino has stated it will be a difficult pill for Chelsea to swallow, if they don’t win the Premier League.
Chelsea are in total control of the league at the moment, topping the table with a seven-point advantage with eight games left to play.
Conte believes there’s more pressure on Chelsea to win the title than their rivals. And with Tottenham in second place, Pochettino insists the title is Chelsea’s to lose.
“When you are seven points above the second-placed team with eight games to go, it is normal in the end to win the league,” Pochettino told a news conference ahead of his side’s clash with Watford on Saturday.
“It is difficult enough to affect your own team, even when you are with them every day.
“Now it is up to them to win the league. We are in a position where we need to do our job, win games and put pressure on them.
“But it’s true that if after the last eight games of the season they haven’t won the league, it will be tough for them to accept.”
Pochettino was quick to stress, however, that he was not attempting to engage in a mind-game battle with their title rivals.
“I don’t believe in mind games,” he said. “The ‘mind game’ is to provide my team with belief and character, which we showed at Swansea [in a 3-1 victory].
“So it is very difficult to affect other teams or managers by playing mind games, as you call them in England. We are strong enough. We are the closest team in the league to Chelsea – that is the reality.
“We are in a different project [from Chelsea], we are a different club. Our history is massive, bigger than many other clubs’ in England.
“From when we arrived [in May 2014], the mentality has improved every single day. Many good things have happened here in the last two and a half years. I am so happy and feel very proud of our club and our fans.
“Maybe after all the work we have done, one day we will start to be rewarded for the way we play football. That is the way we believe we can win in the future.”