Pochettino urges Spurs to challenge for honours in their next ‘chapter’

Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham they must challenge for silverware as the club prepare for their next ‘chapter’.

Tottenham take a 1-0 advantage into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Manchester City on Wednesday night, after Son Heung-min’s goal sealed a win over Pep Guardiola’s side at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium last week.

Pochettino’s ability to strengthen his squad has been hindered by the development of the new ground, but with the club having now moved into their new home the Argentine has called on his players to now become regular contenders for the game’s highest honours.

“For me, after this season, a chapter is going to be closed and we are going to start another chapter and we need to translate to our fans what we want to do, which is challenge for the next few years,” Pochettino told his pre-match press conference.

“With our new stadium, we need to be contenders to fight for the Premier League and fighting for the Champions League, and find the tools to try to be there.

“To win, it’s tough. It’s the same for Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona – investing a lot of money but it is so difficult to win because only one can win. For us, there is going to be a challenge and it’s going to be tough to find a way.

“Still, we are not there. I think it’s true that we are competing at a very good level in the last few years but I think we have a lot of work to be on the level we want in the future.”