TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to ‘stick with the club’ until they achieve all of their goals, in a passionate defence of his remarks that finishing in the top four is more important than winning a trophy.
Pochettino, still tipped by many to be Manchester United’s next manager, was criticised for those comments and a failure to cap his fine work at Spurs with a trophy. The Argentine, though, claims he is a victim of his own success.
Spurs went out of both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup in their last two games and, ahead of tonight’s encounter with Watford, Pochettino has defended his record and his approach.
‘I love my job, I love my job. And of course I love a big challenge,’ he said. ‘I am a very positive person and I am going to try and deliver in my job. I am going to going to stick with the club until the end to help the club achieve all they want.
‘When I arrived at Tottenham I knew very well the challenge will be tough and what happen now will happen now.
‘We are victims of our own success, the club was in a different level. No one believed in us, no one believed the way we operated from the beginning will bring success to the club.
‘The club played once in 22 years in the Champions League and now after four years we played three times in a row. The principal thing we need to clarify, our fans need to know, when you ask me if I agree to win a domestic cup will help us to achieve the last level, I cannot agree.
‘In the last four or five years we played in four semi-finals, one final. We try, we were there, we were close, and in last three seasons, we’re consistently playing Champions League, top four. We are so close, we need to try to keep working.’
Asked whether he could see Spurs eventually being on the same level as Real Madrid, Pochettino said moving to their new stadium could be the key, adding: ‘I believe Tottenham is going to have the infrastructure to one day be at the same level. It’s all about believing.’
Spurs are set to go through two successive transfer windows without signing anyone and Pochettino added: ‘I am not going to complain, I am going to translate the reality. Then other people want to give their opinion from outside.’