Mauricio Pochettino feels the pressure of sending Tottenham to their new stadium as a Champions League team but insists the club’s long-term plan is more important than winning a trophy.
We face Arsenal at Wembley this afternoon , knowing victory would deliver a major boost to our own chances of finishing in the Premier League top four and deal a hammer blow to the hopes of their north London rivals.
We are four points ahead of that lot in the table, with the prospect of ending a second consecutive season above the Gunners now within sight.
However, league position counts for only so much. It’s well documented that we are yet to win any silverware during Pochettino’s tenure, while a turbulent few years for Arsenal has still included them lifting the FA Cup three times in four seasons.
Pochettino however claims reviewing our progress on trophies alone is to miss the wider point.
“When we arrived we realised how difficult it was and what would be the process of moving from one stadium to another. We knew it was a difficult moment in terms of the whole process of the club but we went through it,” Pochettino said.
He added: “I feel the responsibility to manage a club and a company, that you need results to be sure that all the income will be at a level to start a process to build a new stadium, to attract players, to play Champions League.
He went on to say; “That is a little bit unfair when you compare us with another. People say, ‘Tottenham need to win a title’. But for me, the process is more than winning a title.Another thing that is important, when you compete against massive sides like City, United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and the broadcasters give them massive money – that massive money, for them, goes to investing in new players.For us it means to build the project so that one day we have the capacity to do the same or change the philosophy.”
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