Tottenham were knocked out of title race last week after failing to pick up three points against Burnley, Chelsea, and Arsenal. While this has left Spurs fans disappointed, given the doom and gloom surrounding the club at the start of the season, most fans would have happily taken the position that Tottenham find themselves in with 10 games of the season to go.
Spurs still find themselves in the third spot in the Premier League table and could potentially reach the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League if they avoid a disaster against Dortmund in Germany tomorrow.
Pochettino’s men have been able to achieve this despite suffering multiple injury crises, having to contend with the uncertainty of not knowing when they will move into their new stadium, and not having added to the squad in the last two transfer windows.
While the Argentine was critical of his players after the defeat against Burnley, when he insisted that it might take 5 to 10 years for Spurs to develop the mentality to win the league, he seemed to backtrack on those comment in the pre-match press conference ahead of the Dortmund game.
The Argentine once again reiterated that his players were “heroes” and that they have set their aims very high this season.
Speaking to Football.London, Pochettino said, “But this group of players are very ambitious, the club is ambitious. Another thing is what we can do and what we did in the past.
“If we cannot sign in the last two windows it doesn’t mean that we are not ambitious and tomorrow cannot be there on the pitch against Dortmund and trying to win or cannot beat Arsenal, Chelsea or City or United because we did not sign in the last two transfer window. That is a completely different thing.
“We are so ambitious. We set our goals very high. That is why we’re here in a very good position, good position in the Premier League and Champions League, then in the Carabao Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup arrive in a moment when the team struggled a bit. But we set goals very, very high and of course we see what happens.”
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