Former Arsenal midfielder baffled by Pochettino’s comments

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has questioned Mauricio Pochettino’s view that Tottenham’s focus should be on the top four and not cups.

The Spurs boss claimed that silverware would serve only to “build egos” rather than maintain progress after witnessing his side knocked out of a second domestic cup competition in the space of four days.

Pochettino made seven changes to his side for Sunday’s FA Cup defeat at Crystal Palace from the one which lost on penalties to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

Parlour was somewhat baffled by Pochettino’s viewpoint and claimed that players want to win silverware during their career and it’s not all about how much money they earn.

The Argentine has yet to win a trophy in his managerial career and Tottenham’s last success of a major honour last came nearly eleven years ago when they beat Chelsea 2-1 after extra time in the League Cup under Juande Ramos.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Parlour said: “At the end of your career, people come up to you and ask ‘What did you win?’.”

“I was very lucky to win the Premier League and the FA Cup. That’s what it’s all about, not how much money you earn. You could have a big house and earn £300,000 a week for five years, that’s fantastic.”

“But it’s still all about trophies. I’m staggered by what he [Pochettino] said. Champions League football is important. But you’ve still got to win trophies.”

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