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Mauricio Pochettino’s comments after Tottenham’s Champions League qualification show disappointing mentality

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Tottenham fans may have been delighted by Champions League qualification for their side after a narrow victory over Newcastle United, but manager Mauricio Pochettino‘s post-match comments may not have been quite as impressive.

“It’s a fantastic achievement,” the coach told the club’s official website.

“I want to say ‘thank-you’ to the players, first of all, because they have worked so hard to achieve this and big congratulations to our staff and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

“It has been a difficult season for the fans and they deserve big credit too.

“It was difficult – it always is in the Premier League, there are no easy games as we’ve seen in the last few weeks – and the effort has been fantastic all season.

“It’s never easy when you have the pressure to win and play against a team that is free to run and make mistakes and play so deep, like Newcastle. In the end it’s job done and again, I congratulate the players.

“To be in the Champions League next season is massive for the Club.”

(during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on May 9, 2018 in London, England.

In many respects, Pochettino’s comments are justified. Spurs cannot compete with the likes of the Manchester clubs financially and given their wages and spending it would be an impressive achievement to finish above the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

But as is becoming more and more concerning for Lilywhites fans, it does not reflect a desire to win silverware that fans so desperately crave. Year after year Tottenham fail to capitalise on their potential and after pushing both Leicester and Chelsea close for the title in recent years, this season they seem content with securing a Champions League spot.

With a young squad who are now coming into their prime, Mauricio Pochettino and co. should be aiming much higher than simply qualifying for the Champions League. A comparison with the likes of Liverpool, whose squad is much less rounded than Tottenham’s and has some significant weaknesses, reflects just where Tottenham could go in different circumstances.

Few doubt that Pochettino is the ideal man for the job, but given that he is yet to lift a trophy in his career and his comments are showing that he is happy with just qualifying for European football, there may be some concerned about the club’s ambition.

It may concern Spurs fans, but there is a risk of Tottenham becoming the new Arsenal in only aiming for a fourth placed finish and celebrating it. With such quality at Pochettino’s disposal, even on a small budget, that should be the bare minimum, rather than the expectation.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Georges-Kevin Nkoudou clearly has no future at Tottenham Hotspur if Mainz deal goes ahead

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to let Nkoudou go on loan.

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It appears Tottenham Hotspur are ready to let Georges-Kevin Nkoudou leave the club on loan before the end of the month. According to Sky Sports, Spurs are ready to let the winger join Bundesliga side Mainz until the end of the season.

The Frenchman, who cost £9.4 million in 2016, has failed to make an impact at Spurs and was loaned out to Burnley last season. So seeing him being shipped out again may not come as a surprise.

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However, Nkoudou has recently shown what he is capable of. The 23-year-old had a brilliant pre-season as Tottenham won the International Champions Cup. He was named man-of-the-match in the penalty loss to Barcelona, in which he scored. He also found the net against AC Milan in a 1-0 win. His form this summer was electric and led many to believe might have a chance at Tottenham this season.

So the fact he is being loaned out probably suggests one thing. Nkoudou has no long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur.

Even after an impressive pre-season and with Tottenham thin on the ground the young Frenchman has been told to pack his bags and head elsewhere.

This may only be a temporary deal, but it appears the precursor to a more permanent Tottenham exit. 

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Five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium

There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re Spurs fan.

Liam Thomas

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Tottenham are still waiting to move into their new stadium and eventually the time will come for Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane and co. to settle into their new state of the art home.

So put aside all your disappointment, for the time being, if you’re a Spurs fan, and take a look at the positives: the fact your club is about to be playing its football at one of the world’s most impressive sport set-ups.

Here at The Boot Room, we have found five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium.

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1. It will be the largest football club stadium in London

The new Spurs stadium will be the largest football club stadium in the English capital, with a total capacity of 62,062, surpassing fierce rivals Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium which holds 59,867.

It had been initially planned for the stadium to only hold 60,000, but an updated layout and seating scheme have meant that the capacity has increased.

Just imagine those European nights in North London this season; will some great new memories be made?

2. 10-year NFL agreement

Perhaps the most surprising of the facts is that Spurs’ new stadium will also be the home of NFL in London, with the North London side agreeing to a 10-year deal to host NFL games, with the first taking place on October 14th.

The stadium has facilities already in place for when the American Football sides visit the UK including; four dressing rooms dedicated to the NFL and a media suite.

3. Retractable pitch

The stadium will be the first in the UK to have two different pitches inside one bowl; a real turf football pitch and an artificial surface underneath.

Is this something we’ll see more football clubs incorporating into their stadiums in the future? Or merely a bonus for the Spurs team to benefit from.

4. Skywalk stadium tour

The new stadium will feature a “skywalk”, an attraction for tourists and visitors to the stadium to use and participate in as an alternative to the stadium tour.

The skywalk will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the stadium giving them an unparalleled and unique view of the pitch.

5. Microbrewery

A world first for any football stadium; the new setup will have a microbrewery inside for fans and visitors to enjoy during their visit.

Visitors to the stadium will be able to enjoy a selection of local craft beers created and brewed in partnership with Tottenham and the fans.

Away days to Spurs will be a lot more fun in coming seasons.

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One winner and loser as Tottenham’ face increased stadium delays

Spurs have been forced to delay moving into their new stadium.

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News broke at the end of the Premier League’s opening weekend that Tottenham’s move to their new stadium had been delayed even further, due to issues with critical safety systems – a bitter pill for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side and Spurs fans to take after their quietest summer transfer window to date.

Spurs did, however, get off to a winning start in their opening day fixture against Newcastle at St. James’ Park, winning 2-1. However, they will have to play their home fixtures at the Wembley Stadium for the foreseeable future.

The timing of the matter is far from ideal, and the optimistic approach Spurs’ owner Daniel Levy adopted last season, towards the new stadium being built in time for the 2018/19 campaign, is beginning to look laughable.

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Winner – Tottenham‘s Premier League opposition

Tottenham won’t be playing any football at the New White Hart Lane Stadium until October at the earliest, and Premier League fixtures against top-four rivals Liverpool and Manchester City will be played either at the Wembley Stadium or elsewhere.

This will come as great news to Spurs’ Premier League opponents during this time frame, who will have the chance to capitalise on the North London club’s misfortune.

Despite Spurs being more familiar with the Wembley Stadium this season than last, it was meant to be a one-off, and this whole ordeal seems to only benefit teams playing against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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Loser – Mauricio Pochettino and his players

Tottenham’s first Premier League win at the Wembley Stadium last season didn’t come until October 14th, and it was this initial uncertainty that hurt Spurs so severely at the start of their previous campaign.

The stadium has brought Mauricio Pochettino, and his players mixed results, including a Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus, and it’s hardly a place to call home.

Begining the season with extra away games is far from ideal, and Pochettino and his side could be in for a very sluggish start which will only add to the pressure mounting on their shoulders.

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