Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles has been left raving over the leadership shown by Mauricio Pochettino and surprisingly states that the club do not need to be hunting trophies right now.
The Lilywhites have been transformed from being on the brink of European qualification to top four regulars, and have seen a marked improvement in their performances on the continent this season after some disappointment in recent campaigns.
However, the same success has not been mirrored on the domestic front and the club will have gone a decade without a major trophy, having seen themselves knocked out of the FA Cup at the semi final stage for the second consecutive season on Saturday.
Unlike the verdict of many pundits and fans, Ardiles says that silverware is not a measure of the success Spurs have tasted over the past couple of seasons and should not be a marker of progress, something he believes Pochettino has brought in spades.
He told Sky Sports: “Mauricio has transformed the club from where it was three or four years ago. We used to be one of the rest of the big guys.
“Now we are one of the big guys. We are fighting all the time. We are one of the best teams.
“This season looked like it was going to be very, very difficult because we are playing at Wembley but I would say we passed that test with flying colours.
“I am not in the brigade that somehow we have to win something. We have to carry on doing the right things and trophies will eventually come.”
Spurs, sitting in fourth, have just four games left of the current campaign, and have a game in hand over third placed Liverpool who are three points ahead.
Football Insider verdict
Ardiles is spot on with his verdict about why silverware is not the be all and end all. The pundits and fans crying out for trophies need to remember where this club was ten, or even five, years ago. The growth that Spurs have undertaken is nothing short of spectacular and that is thanks to the leadership of both Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy, who has backed the Argentian to the hilt during his four years in north London. To be going unbeaten in the Champions League group stage – including beating the reigning champions and now semi-finalists, is no mean feat, and if the club continue to push on in the same manner, then success in the form of silverware is just around the corner.
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