Mark Hughes: Tottenham will not win trophies unless they do this
By Matt Farr
Stoke manager Mark Hughes insists that Tottenham must become more arrogant if they are to start winning trophies.
Tottenham have yet to win a major title since their League Cup triumph in 2008, but have made vast improvements under Mauricio Pochettino in recent years, and are moving closer to ending their drought.
Pochettino’s side remain in the Premier League title race after their thumping 4-0 win over Hughes’ Stoke on Sunday, which left them 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Meanwhile, the north Londoners will fancy themselves to make further progress in the FA Cup, where they face off against Millwall on March 12.
However, Hughes believes that Tottenham cannot yet be considered genuine contenders for silverware, unless they add an air of arrogance to their game.
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He told the Mirror: “There doesn’t seem to be an arrogance about the Spurs team. Maybe that’s what they need to take that final step.
“They have been strong for a couple of years now and last season they pushed Leicester better than anybody and were more consistent than any of the other top sides.
“They have continued in the same vein this season. It shows they are a top level team.”
They have though, already twice conceded an opportunity to succeed in Europe this season. They first crashed out of the Champions League group-stage, but earned themselves the right to land on their feet in the Europa League.
However, despite naming a strong side, Tottenham’s continental woes continued, falling short at the hands of Belgian outfit KAA Gent with a 3-2 aggregate defeat.
With Chelsea still considered the favourites to lift the Premier League title this season, the FA Cup remains Tottenham’s most likely route to success.