Ex-International manager says Spurs winning a trophy is ‘not important’


I’m sure that most Spurs fans reading this article have been hit with the argument in recent years that no matter how well Tottenham play, they haven’t won a trophy.

This jibe, unfortunately, is true, as Spurs last won a piece of silverware over a decade ago when they beat Chelsea in the 2008 Carling Cup final.

Since taking over, Pochettino has spent four full seasons at the club, qualifying in the top three for the past three campaigns.

Poch has taken Tottenham from a top six club to Champions League regulars, beating the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund along the way.

They have played fast, attractive football and Poch has implemented his own hard-working, high-press style on the current crop.

All of this has been done while spending under £30m net since his arrival.

Is the argument ‘Yeah, but he hasn’t won anything’ really relevant?

Each club has their place in the Premier League, and their own personal targets, and yes Spurs’ should now be to start winning silverware.

However, this lack of trophies cannot overshadow the amazing job that has been done by the staff and players in recent years.

Ex-Scotland manager Gordon Strachan told SkySports’ The Debate: “Say they win a cup. It’s easy to win a cup. You can play two teams from the Championship, one from League One and one from non league, you play one from the Premier League and you win a cup. That doesn’t make you a great side.

“Being third in the Premier League is far better. If you think about the progress made over the last couple of years where they can go and play Real Madrid and stand up to them and be in the Champions League.

“If they’re not successful in the Champions League, they’ll be disappointed because they think they can do better, but I think they have done fantastically well.

“People say they need to balance it out with a trophy, but what is a trophy? Is the League Cup as good as what they are producing week in, week out? Everyone talks about consistency and over the last four years, they have been incredibly consistent. One team could win the FA Cup and then get relegated, so who is doing the best?

“Pochettino and his staff have done tremendously well and he is not scared to use youth either. You look at the young players that have played there and he has bought in players who have gone in there and improved which is a great thing.

“They’ve got to fill a big stadium, which they are doing just now, and that’s great going. Here’s another bit of success, as a football fan, I love watching them play football. I love watching them on the TV.

“There’s a lot going on there and he might want to win a cup but I don’t think it’s really that important.”



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