Pochettino reveals his targets for Premier League and Champions League


After exits from both the League Cup and FA Cup this week, Tottenham’s attention will now switch to their two remaining competitions.

Spurs are still third in the Premier League, and made it into the knockouts of the Champions League.

Liverpool and Man City remain firm favourites for the title this year, and the likes of Man United, Chelsea, and Arsenal are not lurking far below the Lilywhites.

Many fans would not see a top four finish as a successful Premier League campaign, especially when you tie in the lack of funding and a proper stadium.

The Champions League will prove to be extremely tough, despite Tottenham pulling off a heroic come back to reach the round of 16.

They must now negotiate a way past German League leaders Borussia Dortmund, who have re-emerged from their winter break with two impressive wins.

Spurs will likely be without Harry Kane and Dele Alli for at least the first leg too.

Pochettino had this to say on his targets for the season (Football London): “In the last few weeks I was listening a lot about winning titles, about many things, because in the last few seasons we were there and we were close. People I think with the comments try to help us, the people wish that in the end we would win some trophies. But being realistic, we are doing so well.

“To win a title here in England like the FA Cup or Carabao Cup is about having some luck, not only about quality in your squad. To arrive here or four days ago in a different condition, or in a condition so you can fight or be more stronger. Of course, what happened happened. Always it’s tougher to compete and win. Football is always to put some circumstances around. Sometimes when you assess football, you only look at which team won and which team lost, but it’s so important to consider all the circumstances.

“Now the realistic targets are trying to be in the top four, try to be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and try to reduce the gap. Of course to be a contender is always difficult for us every single season. That is realistic. Another is to try to beat Dortmund and be in the next round. That is going to be so tough. We are competing against a team who are doing fantastically in Germany, top of the table, and they come back off the their one-month holidays. They are all fresh and we are in the opposite side but we are going to try.”

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