When Mauricio Pochettino took over Tottenham Hotspur, they had already had a brief taste of Champions League football.
They were on the fringes of being a top four club, close to being regulars in Europe’s top competition, but they weren’t quite there.
The Argentine, in just over four years, has bridged that gap between dreams and realities, with Spurs finishing in the Premier League top three for the past three years now.
That seems to be step one of the plan completed, but that is not to say that this is where Tottenham peak.
Pochettino and Levy will now be planning and working to bridge the next gap, and that will come in the form of a League title.
Poch talked this week about cup competitions, suggesting they are not important to the growth of the club long-term (Guardian).
In his presser today, he outline his and Daniel Levy’s long term plan for Spurs.
Poch was asked whether he and Levy see eye to eye on long-term plans (Football London): “Of course, when we talk and always with all respect because I always talk the same. Ok I’m going to use a different example from a different country. If you are at Real Madrid, you only think about winning trophies, there is not another point. In Tottenham when we arrive here four years and a half ago it was a completely different challenge for the club.
“To build that quality or philosophy is tough. If you want Tottenham one day be at the same level of Real Madrid but, that is the most important thing, the bigger picture is we are going to have amazing stadium, one of the best stadiums in the world.
“If you want to be one of the best teams in the world you need to have one of the best stadiums in the world. If you want to be one of the best teams in the world, you have to have the best facilities, one of the best training grounds in the world. We have that. You need to make that unbelievable effort to build all that. Then in the moment that you have all that ready that is not going to be an excuse afterwards, only we need to be focused to try to win titles.
“Like right now we are focused on trying to win every game in every competition, but for different reasons we are still missing something that means we cannot deliver. Of course we know very well and we are the first that are disappointed but we are trying with all our capacity and we are so, so conscious that we are giving our best to try and and achieve all the people want. But we cannot underestimate all the club is doing in the last few years, or this group of players and staff, because we have been competing with all the circumstances in last four years, the people thinking we are real contenders, that we have capacity to compete against big sides, fighting is a massive praise, not criticism and I take it as a positive. It’s a moment to explain a little bit more the big picture. It’s so important because sometimes the people can get confused.”
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