In football, trophies are used to determine how good a team is. Because of this and despite a clear improvement in the quality of the team and the club’s stature, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side are deemed a failure by some for not being able to win a trophy.(TalkSport)
However former Spurs captain Ledley King has controversially stated that he believes the North London club do not need to win trophies to be considered successful.
When he was asked if it was vital for Pochettino’s team to break their long trophy drought this season, King replied (Independent): “No, it is important just to improve
“We all want to win trophies, every team wants to win trophies, but it is not a given. It is very difficult and no-one has a given right to win anything.
“The team will be trying to compete on all fronts to win anything, but I don’t think you can judge the season on not winning a trophy.”
“We will be able to look at the season as a whole and see what we have done. Last season was great for the club but we didn’t win a trophy, so I don’t think it can be judged like that.
Spurs have struggled to compete domestically in recent seasons with big-spending teams such as Manchester City and Liverpool.
King reflected this in his comments by adding: “We all realise how difficult it is to win trophies at the moment – Manchester City won three last year, so the competition is very tough.”
“The players want to improve and they will be looking to try and compete and, until they are out of a potential title race, they will believe they can be right up there amongst it.”
King’s comments will divide football fans. Some will take last seasons Champions League run as evidence of how far Spurs have improved under Pochettino. However other fans won’t be impressed with the job he has done until they see Hugo Lloris lifting a trophy
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It would be very unfair to call Pochettino’s tenure a failure. He took the club to their first ever Champions League final without making a signing. However, it is imperative to win a trophy soon if he wants to keep hold of his more valuable players.
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