Pochettino sets Spurs their target
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has set his side a target for this season - win some silverware.
Despite turning the north London club into one of the big guns of English football, Pochettino has yet to taste any actual success when it comes to winning silverware and he is now looking for that to change.
After the upheaval of moving into a new ground last season and having to play a host of games at Wembley, this campaign should be far more comfortable for the club as they have now settled into their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Added to that are the summer additions Pochettino has made to a squad which reached last season’s Champions League final, before losing to Liverpool, and it is not hard to see why the next step to be considered a success has to be silverware.
Spurs spent north of £100million this summer in bringing Tanguy N’Dombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke to the club as chairman Daniel Levy acted on his manager’s demand to behave like a big club in the transfer market.
The Argentinian has previously said that the FA Cup and Carabao Cup are not important, but now, with a new stadium and a strong-looking squad, he knows he needs to start filling the trophy cabinet.
“My personal feeling is that starting my sixth season I need to lift a trophy,” he admitted. “Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League or Champions League.”
Pochettino says he does not want to put any undue pressure on himself or the team but he is doing exactly that as they prepare to start the new Premier League campaign with a home clash against newly promoted Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs are many people’s tip to push champions Manchester City and Liverpool, who opened their Premier League account with a thumping 4-1 win over newly promoted Norwich at Anfield on Friday night, and the manager senses that this is the season where he must deliver.
Four consecutive top-four finishes have seemingly been good enough in the past to be considered a success but, having had the backing of the board in the transfer market this summer for the first time in over a year, the manager knows now is the time to take the next step.
He said: “My personal target, objective, aim to be successful this season is to lift a trophy.”