September 25, 2020, 16:05

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham have bigger aims than trophies

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham have bigger aims than trophies

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists trophies should not be the only measure of their success as they prepare to face Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Spurs beat defending European champions Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday, in one of the highlights of Pochettino’s tenure to date.

Pochettino’s side have tallied up second and third-place finishes in the Premier League, boast a state-of-the-art training ground which was opened in 2012, and their new stadium is due to be finished in time for them to move in before the start of next season.

However, they are still lacking in silverware under Pochettino’s leadership.

“With the project we have here and the philosophy and everything, it is completely different today, the Premier League,” he said. “When you compare with the other teams that compete with us, for me it is a very successful period.

“If only [the aim] is to win a title, maybe it is not a successful period.”

Pochettino likened the current-day Tottenham side to that of Manchester United in the mid-1980s to early 90s, when they failed to win the title for the first six years under Sir Alex Ferguson’s management.

The Spurs boss said: “I always say the same when people ask me – Man United with Ferguson spent six years and in year seven won the title,

“I think we are in a different project and for me, of course, I would like to win because I love to win. I am a winner. I feel I am a winner and of course, I want to win a title.

“At the moment, we are working hard and giving our best to try to achieve that but there are many things happening in the club and the project that make us feel that we are winning.”


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