By Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he considers the club’s recent league positions to be a success and says he would not swap them for Arsenal’s FA Cup wins over the same period.
Since joining the club in 2014 the Argentinian manager has helped guide the Lilywhites to a fifth place, a third place and a second place finish in the Premier League, as well as a League Cup final and the FA Cup semi finals.
During the same time frame, north London rivals Arsenal finished third, second and fifth, while also picking up two FA Cup titles as well as winning the Community Shield twice.
However, Pochettino has shockingly claimed that he would not trade places with Arsenal for the silverware as he feels the two clubs are incomparable considering their progress, despite many claiming that Spurs need to win a trophy to prove their success.
He told the Times: “The Premier League and Champions League is a massive challenge for big clubs — this type of trophy are the real trophies.
“Would I swap for the FA Cup wins? No, because Tottenham is Tottenham and Arsenal are in another stage of their project.
“I don’t care where they are, because after three and a half years we have achieved a lot.
“I would like to be first and not second and win cups — but we are in a different process of our project.”
Spurs currently sit third in the Premier League table, eight points adrift of league leaders Manchester City but level on points with second placed Manchester United.
They travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to take on the Gunners, sitting four points behind Pochettino’s men in sixth, as they look to keep pace with Pep Guardiola’s side.
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