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Pochettino: I need to lift a trophy for good Spurs season

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is hoping to finally add some silverware to his trophy cabinet with Tottenham this season, feeling it would make it a “good season” for him. Pochettino has received plaudits for his work done with Spurs since taking over in 2014, turning them into a perennial Champions League squad. The Argentine guided his side to the brink of glory last season as they enjoyed a thrilling run to the Champions League final, though they stumbled at the final hurdle in a 2-0 defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It meant Pochettino remains without a trophy in his managerial career, despite his many successes, losing both in the 2014-15 League Cup final as well as last year’s Champions League decider. Armed with a talented squad that was bolstered by new signings during the transfer window, Pochettino believes that breaking that trophyless streak is what is required for him to feel Spurs have enjoyed a quality season in 2019-20. “A good season for us? My personal feeling is that starting my sixth season I need to lift a trophy – Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League or Champions League,” Pochettino told reporters. “It’s like my dog – he’s growing up, he’s just not quite mature enough. I don’t want to put pressure on the team or the club. “But if you ask me personally, this season is not about finishing in the top four to be successful – although of course maybe that matters for the club. But for me, it is about winning some title.” Pochettino admits last season felt almost like a tease given their Champions League final, semi-final of the Carabao Cup, and top-four finish. However, it has provided the manager inspiration to reach for greater heights this season. Pochettino added: “After last season’s final, to be again in the top four and reach the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, it is like, ‘Come on!’  “You are always there but you cannot touch the glory. That is personally – me. My personal target, objective, aim to be successful this season, is to lift a trophy.” Tottenham get their Premier League season underway on Saturday against top-flight returnees Aston Villa.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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