Pochettino makes startling admission about Tottenham ambition
By Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is not targeting success in this year’s domestic cups.
The Argentinian manager, who has been at the helm of the North London club since joining from Southampton in 2014, says that the club’s success should be measured by their performances in the Champions League and Premier League.
Speaking to the press ahead of his side’s League Cup clash against Barnsley on Tuesday, he was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “For a big team to win trophies, it means the Premier League or Champions League.
“They are the two big trophies. I’d love to win a cup for our fans but Tottenham must build a project for the Premier League and Champions League.”
“Wigan won the FA Cup. Where is Wigan now? League One. That is the most important example.”
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Fans can expect Pochettino to field a weakened side against the Championship opposition on Tuesday, as he confirmed that 17-year-old Tashan Oakley-Boothe would be given his debut for the club.
However the manager’s admission may come as startling to the Spurs faithful, considering the club’s last silverware came in the shape of the League Cup back in 2008.
Since then they have reached the final of the same competition in 2015, only to be beaten by Chelsea 2-0.
Meanwhile they have failed to reach the final of the FA Cup since their success back in 1991, last season falling at the semi-final stage to beaten finalists Chelsea.
While the club have never lifted the Premier League title, they have been heavily involved in the title race for the past two seasons, finishing as runners up to Antonio Conte’s side during the last campaign.
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