Tottenham Hotspur have come in for some heavy criticism in recent weeks after their FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester United and a few disappointing results in the Premier League.
However, the North London club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that his side have still had another excellent campaign.
Spurs have two home Premier League fixtures remaining this season against Newcastle and Leicester, and if they win them both they are guaranteed to finish third.
Pochettino reckons that most Spurs fans would have taken this at the start of the season – considering the fact that the club was forced to relocate to Wembley for 12 months, due to the redevelopment of White Hart Lane.
The 46-year-old Argentine coach also reiterated that the club is progressing and that it is still building towards success in the long term.
“It’s sure everyone from the beginning of the season (would have signed up) to be in that situation at the end of the season, fighting for the top four,” Pochettino said.
“I think today it’s more about being focused as a team, as a club and trying to win the last two games and be sure in the top four because it’s in our hands.
“Of course we’re disappointed because of the last game, and because we lost the semi-final against Manchester United, or because of the Champions League match against Juventus.
“But we are there, we are there competing, trying to succeed, pushing hard, working hard, and I think to be now, in four days, to have the option or have it in your hands to be third, I think it’s an ideal situation for us and we need to enjoy that, and we need to be focused now on competing and trying to win. That’s it.”
“Last season at White Hart Lane we played 19 games in the Premier League and we won 17 and drew twice.
“The team was complete, unbelievable with the fans, without the corner, remember, at White Hart Lane. We were playing fantastic, we were very confident about winning. After, you move to Wembley.
“You finish second in the league, you move to Wembley and of course there’s a lot of fears because the Champions League wasn’t great the previous season.
“If you analyse all in context I think it’s an amazing season – to have the possibility with two games left to finish third, I think it’s massively successful.
“But I understand people want more. We want more. We’re ambitious.
“For me it’s like a marathon, to create a team capable of winning, to build a winning mentality is like a marathon.
“It’s a long-term development and trying to….sometimes with ups and downs but always going up, and I think that is the progression of the club and the team.
“I am sure disappointed of course if we don’t achieve in the next few years a title – of course – but what we cannot do is to forget from where we came.”