Mauricio Pochettino had some interesting things to say following Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-4 win against Leicester City.
The victory at Wembley ensured that Spurs finished third in the Premier League and the manager publically stated that he will meet chairman Daniel Levy this week to present his vision to take the club to the next level.
Pochettino has earned every right to publically call out the board to back him financially. On a relative shoestring budget compared to the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal he has delivered us a third successive finish in the top four and Champions League football.
“We need to talk a lot between us and the club,” Pochettino said in the post-match press conference.
“They have a clear idea of what we need to do and I don’t know if the club will agree with me or not, but we need to talk next week to create the new project.
“That’s up to Daniel and the club. After four years, we need to assess that period and try to be contenders and win big, big trophies. We need to review things. It has been fantastic all we have achieved, but it will be so important to create again and create a different idea to try to move on and to be closer to winning titles in the next few years.
“First of all, I need to speak to Daniel. Until today, [it] was so difficult to talk about future. Now we need to decide the way to operate in the future.”
Pochettino added: “The club always want to win but it is not easy to find a way that you can be close to winning. It is so important to move to the new stadium, the new facilities are unbelievable but we will also be closer to winning.
“It is so important to have the next objective to explain and show we can be ambitious. But sometimes we need to work in a different way. Our fans need to know what we are doing and our fans need to feel the reality of club.
“We need to tell the truth and we need to create an expectation you can achieve. You cannot create dreams thinking that we cannot achieve [them]. We need to create dreams that are possible to achieve. Of course, the ambition of the club would be to win.
“And maybe now we are a bit disappointed and frustrated as we’re close. That’s the first thing, being close and challenge the big clubs who invest more than us. We need to try and find a way. We cannot think we are the cleverest people in the world winning trophies spending small money. We need to think our reality is different.
“We cannot invest crazy money. We need to feel we are a special club. When you create that feeling, anything can happen in football. We need to deliver the best way to try and win in different ways.
“I think Daniel is going to listen, of course. You know me, I have crazy ideas. You need to be brave. In this situation, you need to be brave and take risks. It is the moment the club need to take risks. We need to work harder than the previous season to be competitive again. Today the Premier League is a tough competition. You can see not only the big clubs but the clubs behind us — West Ham, Leicester, Everton — are working so hard to be close to the top-six clubs. I’m sure Daniel will listen to me and we will create together.”
Asked if he would remain at Tottenham regardless of the outcome of the talks with Levy and the club, Pochettino said his future was not up to him.
“In football, you never know,” he replied. “Today 100 percent, I feel like I’m here but the most important thing is tomorrow all can change. It is not in my hands. It is not my decision to be here or not, it depends on my boss. It is healthy for ourselves and the club to think you can lose your job tomorrow.
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