Spurs free to focus on 'realistic' targets after FA Cup exit
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino
London - They also face a stern test next month against Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League
Published: Mon 28 Jan 2019, 9:27 PM
Last updated: Mon 28 Jan 2019, 11:31 PM
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has always made it clear his priorities are the Premier League and Champions League so the 2-0 loss suffered by a second-string side in Sunday's FA Cup fourth round trip to Crystal Palace was no surprise.
Spurs still hope to move into their new 1 billion pounds ($1.32 billion) stadium this term but clearly do not want to be playing there next season without a place among Europe's elite to entice the fans to fill the 62,00 seater venue.
They are nine points adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Wednesday's home game with Watford but, perhaps more importantly, have a seven-point gap over fifth-placed Arsenal in the race for Champions League places.
They also face a stern test next month against Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League and will have to cope without injured England pair Harry Kane and Dele Alli until March.
Much has been made of Spurs' failure to win a trophy since the 2008 League Cup, but Pochettino said it would be a mistake to focus solely on the pursuit of silverware.
"People wish we could win some trophies. But being realistic, we are doing so well," said Pochettino.
"To win a title here in England like the FA Cup or Carabao (League) Cup is about being lucky, not only about quality in your squad.
"We are going to create a debate that to win a trophy is going to help the club. I don't agree with that. That only builds your ego," added the 46-year-old Argentine, who has yet to win a trophy with Spurs or indeed in his managerial career.
"In reality the most important thing is being consistently in the top four and playing in the Champions League. That is going to help the club to achieve the last step."