Pochettino: Spurs only interested in top four not trophies

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says Champions League qualification is the main priority for the North London club. 

The Argentine coach has come out against the notion that Tottenham Hotspur need to win trophies to necessarily be deemed successful.

Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace on Sunday, just days after losing to Chelsea on penalties in the League Cup semi-finals.

That means the club are likely to endure another season without a trophy, eleven years after they won the League Cup, barring a shock run to the Champions League final.

The 46-year-old tactician does not subscribe to the idea that trophies are the only measure of success, and says that the most important thing for the club is to consolidate their place in the Top Four, something they have achieved in three of his four seasons at Spurs.

“Again we’re going to have the debate whether a trophy will take the club to the next level. I don’t agree with it,” Pochettino told his post-match press conference.

“It only builds your ego. The most important thing for Tottenham right now is to always be in the top four.

“We came from a crazy fixture schedule and we were forced to make some changes.

“This season is tough and it’s going to be a massive challenge for us. We knew it would be a tough season for us but not as tough as it has been.”

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