'Will be fantastic' - Tottenham senior figure launches stunning comeback at critics
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has launched a stunning comeback at the criticism levelled at his side’s inability to pick up silverware by suggesting he will limit expectations by playing “with kids” in the FA Cup next season.
The Lilywhites saw their last chance of a trophy this season slip through their fingers on Saturday, letting a 1-0 lead go in what ended as a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Wembley.
It was the second successive semi-final exit in the FA Cup for Pochettino’s men, and after exiting both the Champions League and League Cup earlier than they would have hoped, critics targeted their lack of major titles.
However, Pochettino insisted that the expectations of those levelling criticism at the team were not realistic, and appeared to mock them by stunningly suggesting he would not take the FA Cup as seriously next season.
He told the Guardian: “Yes, I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time. I agree with you.
“It is my job to be criticised when we don’t win. The problem is the perception sometimes is not realistic.
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“But maybe next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
Tottenham’s lack of a trophy this season means it has been a decade without a title win, with their last success coming in the League Cup final of 2008.
Football Insider verdict
It is hardly surprising that Pochettino was in a spiky mood after seeing his team lose out to Manchester United but it certainly appears as though the critics are getting under the manager’s skin. He wants to bring Spurs success more than anyone after building a team full of talent but at the moment he risks being known as the boss who had a team of nearly-men, rather than actual winners. Is he serious about playing kids in the FA Cup? He has spoken previously about how he does not consider it as a trophy which determines real success – naming the Premier League and Champions League as the only competitions which would suffice – and so it perhaps should not be taken as sarcasm, but as a stark warning.
In other Tottenham news, one man looks set never to play for the club again after his FA Cup display.