Former Spurs boss urges them to ‘forget about the Champions League’

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham sank to their second defeat in as many games in the Champions League this season, as Barcelona ran away to a 4-2 victory last night at Wembley.

Spurs had already lost their opening match against Inter Milan, despite leading 1-0 at the San Siro with 85 minutes on the clock.

Tottenham now face two must win games against PSV to get their European campaign back on track, or face dropping down into the dreaded Europa League.

Pochettino has yet to win a trophy with his Spurs stars, and Tottenham have been without silverware for over a decade now.

Many fans are dying to see their beloved club lift a piece of silverware, especially with the calibre of their current squad and staff.

Despite some spirited performances in the Champions League, ex-Spurs gaffer Glenn Hoddle has called for the team to focus on winning trophies rather than competing in Europe’s top competition.

When asked if Tottenham would win anything this season Hoddle said this on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast: “Not at the moment, no. I really don’t. I don’t think they’ve got the depth.

“I do believe they’ve got a very good side and a great manager and they’re going forward, but at the moment they’ve just hit the buffers.

“Trophies are the number one for Tottenham.

“What’s the point of getting in the top four if you’re not good enough to get out of the group stages of the Champions League? I don’t get it.

“Players want to win things and if that’s the FA Cup or League Cup, I think it’s a stepping stone.

“That would be a foundation to go and win something else, something bigger further down the line.

“I feel they should have strengthened the squad in the summer for nights exactly like this, when you get injuries and suspensions, these are the key games where you’ve got to go deep into your squad.

“And I think this game shows that the squad hasn’t got the depth Pochettino and Daniel Levy really believe it had. I think that was glaringly obvious.

“It was a very disappointing result, but what a performance from Barcelona and Messi, they were just wonderful.”

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    • Correct me if I’m wrong… it was the 07/08 Carling Cup. The final would have been February 2008. Ten years would be February 2018, and it’s now October 2018…?

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