Mauricio Pochettino has completely transformed Tottenham’s fortunes in the five seasons he has been with the club since moving from Southampton in 2014.
Under the Argentine, Spurs have become Champions League regulars and have consistently competed with teams at the top of the Premier League.
Although the Pochettino may not have won a trophy during his five years, he has helped lay the foundation for sustained future success.
Against all odds, the club somehow managed to make it to the final of the Champions League last season.
While the final ended in heartbreak, Pochettino believes the lessons that Tottenham have learned will help the team make the final next step.
Speaking during the post-match press conference after Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup, Pochettino told Football.London that the challenge now for Tottenham is to take the final step by consistently competing for and winning trophies.
When asked if reaching the finals of the Champions League helped the team, move up a level, he said: “Yes but one thing is to get to the final, another to win a title.
“Different thing is if we are able to keep this level. It’s not the same. You can win one trophy. You can arrive in a final.
“To be regular like we were in the last four years in the Champions League that is the first step but then you need to push because the last step is always the most difficult.
“We are competing always with big sides who are making an unbelievable investment.
“For us always with our difficult things and our project and philosophy we try to fight. We are trying to be next season to be in a position to fight. It’s a massive thing.”
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The experience of being involved in the final will no doubt give the players the belief that they can win big trophies. The fact that Tottenham are back home after spending all most two seasons at Wembley will also be a massive plus for the club.
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