The former striker believes that Jose Mourinho’s side should aim for silverware and challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. Rather than celebrate domination over their north London rivals, if they are to as rediscover their top form.
Tottenham reached the final of the UEFA champions League in 2019 where they finished as runner ups under the leadership of Pochettino, but this year could miss out qualification entirely.
Since the departure of Pochettino, Spurs have won less than half of their top-flight fixtures. They trail their north London rivals by a point ahead of this weekend’s derby encounter. Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s visit, Berbatov has admitted that Tottenham’s tenure as the most successful club on their patch could come to an end if Arsenal stay ahead of them. The Former Bulgarian Player of the year also said that for Tottenham to gain their earlier glory, they need to aim higher. They should not just look for a better table position that North London rivals ” Arsenal”.
“Spurs have been the dominant side in north London for some time. But that could change now,” he told the Mirror. “At the end of the day this is about pride, but you can’t forget they want to be even higher in the table. As a former player of the team and a fan, I know Spurs can do a lot better than they are at the minute, looking at the position they are in”.
“Their goal shouldn’t be about competing with Arsenal – it should be about competing with Liverpool and Manchester City. What is the point of battling it out with Arsenal if you are only fighting for eighth or ninth position?”
“They might finish above Arsenal, but you don’t get a trophy for that. For both teams the goal should be about qualifying for the Champions League and challenging the teams on top.”
Heading into the London derby, Arsenal are 9 points behind 4th placed Leicester. On the other hand, Tottenham are 1 point behind Arsenal while none of them are competing in the European Competitions. Tottenham were knocked out by Leipzig from the Champions league while Arsenal were knocked out of Europa League by Olympiacos.