On Wednesday night, Tottenham Hotspur secured Champions League qualification with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United, a feat that manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed as a “massive achievement.”
Yet Spurs supporters should be heartened by his further ambitious comments after the match that showed the Argentinian boss is no longer satisfied with just top-four finishes.
The Tottenham manager told the Daily Mail that the north London club must aim higher and can no longer continue to celebrate mere Champions League qualification.
“The first step is to be competitive and to reduce the gap with the top four,” Pochettino said. “And after 23 years it is the first time we have finished above all of the London clubs. But next is to win a trophy, although we are not a club which wins a lot in recent years.”
The desire to win the club’s first silverware in over a decade is clearly articulated by Pochettino, and will be welcome news to Spurs supporters.
This season Tottenham yet again fell short of a trophy, narrowly falling to Manchester United in the FA Cup semifinals in their best chance to end their drought.
Now, it seems that the yearn for silverware is as strong in the club’s management as it is among Spurs’ devoted fanbase.
Pochettino’s remarks are notable as they mark a shift in mentality at White Hart Lane. Whereas in previous years, putting the pressure on in the title race and securing European football would have been seen as successes, now Tottenham’s ambition has grown.
As Pochettino’s men prepare to move into their gleaming, state-of-the-art new stadium next season, Tottenham’s focus is firmly set on claiming their first trophy since their League Cup triumph of 2008.
The Argentinian’s ambitious post-match comments reveal that he is the right man to lead Spurs forward and lift a much-anticipated trophy.