Mauricio Pochettino has now been in charge of Tottenham Hotspur for close to five years, and what a five years it has been for the club.
On the fringes of Champions League football upon Poch’s arrival, Tottenham have since become regulars among Europe’s elite, even reaching the semi-final this season.
Spurs have also finished in the top three of the Premier League for the last three seasons, a figure that may become four come the end of this campaign.
However, the one thing that still eludes Pochettino and Tottenham is a piece of silverware to show for their incredible efforts.
Spurs have challenged for titles, reached a Champions League semi, and reached a domestic cup final in the past five seasons, but still no trophy.
Pochettino is adamant that a League Cup or FA Cup would be nice for the club and the fans, but it wouldn’t propel Spurs to the next level as a Champions League or Premier League title could.
Poch said (Football London): “I need to again repeat after five years the same situation. I would love to win the FA Cup or Carabao Cup like the Champions League or the Premier League or another competition.
“The problem is to stop manipulating my words, with all my affection to you. If you ask me if to put the club in the next level and behave like Real Madrid and Barcelona I think it’s not about winning one cup but always being in a competition like the Champions League and being a real contender for the Champions League or the Premier League or trying to win the Premier League. That is going to give you the possibility to reach the last stage, where I think Tottenham is going to be one day.
“If win a Carabao Cup or FA Cup, of course, it is going to be fantastic for everyone but it is only to life a trophy. It does not lift you to the next level like Manchester United, City, Real Madrid or Barcelona. That is the point. But of course, I am desperate to win a trophy, like the FA Cup or Carabao Cup. We were fighting for that in the last five years, we have come close but unlucky and we will try next time.”
It has been eleven years since Spurs last added to their trophy cabinet when they beat Chelsea in the League Cup final, if Pochettino could guide the club to Champions League success it would go down in folklore for generations to come.
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