Pochettino sends message to Tottenham fans after FA Cup heartache
By Matt Farr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has reassured fans that the club are building towards an exciting feature, despite their disastrous FA Cup exit on Saturday.
The north London club were beaten 4-2 by Premier League rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup semi final at Wembley, ensuring Tottenham’s hopes of winning a domestic title were issued another crushing blow.
Tottenham have now lost their last seven consecutive FA Cup semi finals, and have not won a domestic title since their League Cup triumph in 2007-08.
But Pochettino wants fans to focus little on their FA Cup disappointment and instead focus on the club’s ‘exciting’ future.
He said, as quoted by the Standard: “It’s my first semi-final in the cup. I cannot change the past. The past is the past.
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“We need to be in the today, the present, to have a better future. I know for sure that if I am a Tottenham supporter you feel today very disappointed and you always want to win.
“But I think the fans know the project and the pressure. I feel very proud. The players are putting in a fantastic effort. We’re building an exciting team. It’s important to be clever in how we develop the team.”
Tottenham have received widespread praise for their impressive displays in the Premier League this season, with Pochettino striking a valuable balance between attacking potency and defensive security.
The club currently boast the best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded just 22 goals from their 32 games.
Meanwhile, they are also the second-most prolific outfit in the division, scoring 68 goals – trailing Liverpool by one goal.
The likes of Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld have been the stars at the back, while the presence of central midfield duo Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama has allowed the attacking talent to flourish.
Dele Alli has benefited in particular from his attacking role this season, contributing an incredible 20 goals and 11 assists from 44 appearances in all competitions.
But Tottenham’s excellence across all areas of the pitch is understandably why they are flying high in second place in the Premier League, and just four points adrift of league leaders Chelsea in the title race.
They do, however, remain without the silverware to match their remarkable rise.
In other Tottenham news, Football Insider has named the three worst Spurs players during their FA Cup defeat.