Date: 4th November 2017 at 3:06pm
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Mauricio Pochettino has claimed trophies should not be the only measure of success at Tottenham.

Pochettino pointed to Manchester United needing seven years to win a Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson and argued Spurs are still “winning” through their progress on and off the pitch.

His side defeated Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, arguably the highlight of Pochettino’s three-and-a-half-year tenure, which has also included third and second-place finishes in the league.

With a new training ground built and an £800million stadium due to open next season, the club is moving in the right direction – but Tottenham are still yet to win a trophy under Pochettino’s leadership.

He insists, however, there is more to success than silverware.

“I always say the same when people ask me – Man United with Ferguson spent six years and in year seven won the title,” Pochettino said.

“With the project we have here and the philosophy and everything – it is completely different today the Premier League – when you compare with the other teams that compete with us, for me it is a very successful period. If only [the aim] is to win a title maybe it is not a successful period.”

Pochettino added: “But I think we are in a different project and for me of course I would like to win because I love to win. I am a winner. I feel I am a winner and of course I want to win a title.

“At the moment we are working hard and giving our best to try to achieve that but there are many things happening in the club and the project that make us feel that we are winning.”

United did win the FA Cup, League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup before finally securing a first Premier League title under Ferguson in 1993 but Pochettino has dismissed the importance of domestic cup competitions.

Tottenham now turn their attention from Madrid to the Premier League’s bottom-club Crystal Palace on Sunday and they will be keen to avoid the sort of come-down referred to by the club’s fans – and supporters of other clubs for that matter – as ‘Spursy’.

Pochettino says those days are over.

“To be honest I have heard of the term. I heard people say we are not that anymore. After we arrived (in 2014) our first game was against West Ham and everyone was like, ‘wow, it’s West Ham and Tottenham lost three times to them the season before’.

“It would be a difficult game at Upton Park, and then QPR at home, they had Harry Redknapp in charge. When the Premier League fixtures were announced, people were like, ‘wow look where we are starting the season’. And my face was like the Emoticon with big eyes. ‘We are Tottenham, come on’.

“From that moment we started to work hard to change that perception. We are Tottenham. We must be there and must feel we can smash everyone.”

PA Sport
 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • McG⚽⚽ November 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

    New blog chimps

  • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

    The Croydon massive to park the bus?

    • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Blastalot out to prove a point?

  • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 10:16 am

    The BBC being their usual ‘unbiased’ selves asking the question “who can stop Citeh?” alongside the question “who can stop Kane?”

    Disrespectful Gooner twats…

  • OrganicPaper November 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I hear you and it’s nice to see spurs players in the England team. But we know kanes quality for club and country. Why not blood others or try alternative options when you have the chance.
    Maybe they will… fook knows. Just hope our lads come back in decent condition

  • Matt November 5, 2017 at 9:28 am

    We will beat Palace. The only downbeat part of this week is that Harry Kane will be flogged for 180 mins against relegation fodder and in a international meaningless friendly, whilst still returning from a hamstring injury. Even if England are 6-1 up against Germany and Harry is limping he’ll get the benefit of 90 mins + injury time. F ing annoys me.

    • OrganicPaper November 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

      It is annoying. Although Tammy Abraham is a decent young player who got a deserved call up, I can’t see Southgate giving him much game time. Kane will be strung out and runs a massive risk of missing the NLD.
      It leaves it to Poch to decide if he should play 90 today Of course he will, because thus is an actual real game of football and not a meaningless FA coffer filling kick about with teams England can only have wet dreams about emulating.

      • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 9:48 am

        Isn’t Tammy a girl’s name?

    • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 9:50 am

      It’s all part of football at that level, Harry isn’t the first. Shearer was used constantly for England while busting a gut every week for the Barcodes.

  • LingLongMan 🚯 November 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

    COYFS!!

  • MiT November 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

    The previous five teams to beat Real Madrid over 90 minutes in the Champions League – Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, Juventus and Schalke – all dropped points in their next domestic fixture.

    I am looking forward to watching Spurs break that goofy stat.

  • caveman November 5, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Hope we give Crystal palace a right to king tomorrow !

    • caveman November 5, 2017 at 1:16 am

      Tonking

    • David Dillenberg November 5, 2017 at 1:29 am

      Expecting goals I would take a boring 1-0 win now!

      • David Dillenberg November 5, 2017 at 1:29 am

        Correction: we don’t do boring!

        • caveman November 5, 2017 at 1:35 am

          Exactly right DD

          • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 9:42 am

            Arsenal do…

    • Matt November 4, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Love these quotes.

    • The Sissoko Yid was a friend of mine November 4, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      What’s it say?

      • SpurAndy 🍒π November 5, 2017 at 12:15 am

        Tottenham is the best club in the world for me.

    • David Dillenberg November 5, 2017 at 12:35 am

      “Before I arrived to Tottenham, everyone said to me, ‘It’s so difficult to have a very good relationship with Daniel’. And after, I discovered a great man,” Pochettino said.

      “Today, I feel that he trusts in me and I trust in him. That is a good point, no? And then, I don’t think too much about my future. I think about today.

      “I don’t care what happens around myself because I know very well that I am so happy here and we have a great relationship.

      “It’s not about win or lose, it’s about trust, and when you achieve that in a club like Tottenham, with massive potential, you must create something together to try to be strong and win.”

  • SeattleSpursGuy November 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Epic meltdowns on on Pikey blogs right now, which gives me a smile.

    • David Dillenberg November 5, 2017 at 12:38 am

      Except when they occasionally beat Spurs!!!!

  • The Sissoko Yid was a friend of mine November 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    • The Sissoko Yid was a friend of mine November 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      • caveman November 5, 2017 at 1:15 am

        What an imagination Spurts, your a genius.

    • Sexy Beast November 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Tremendus

      • Stevo1987 November 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm

        Tremend-arse.

    • Stevo1987 November 4, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      I haven’t seen anything like that for years…I mean a wooden racket?!

  • Gus November 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Great blog Harry. I love the final quote by Poch. I really hope he stays a long time and reckon he will. Looks like Bilic will be fired; I thought he was a good coach but the spam are poo at the moment. NN think Moyes will be in so no Toffees reunion for him if so

  • Matt November 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Whenever you see “The London Stadium “ do you ever think, “thank f@@k, that could have been us”! It makes Wembley look like Camp Nou.

    • Still Nil Nil November 4, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      From my understanding spurs would’ve knocked that stadium down and rebuilt it to make it a proper football stadium

      • 61SpursNut🌰 November 4, 2017 at 9:29 pm

        …and would have redeveloped Crystal Palace athletic stadium.

      • Matt November 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm

        True. But it’s still in the middle of nowhere if you are called THFC! Interesting, it turns out Daniel was right all along!

    • Harry Hotspur November 5, 2017 at 8:36 am

      We wee never going to occupy that prefab

      • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

        Spot on, it was a ruse to scare Haringey with the prospect we might leave the borough. It seemed to work, even if it didn’t Levy used it as a tactical thing.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 November 4, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      This Is Futbol rating: 1/10. That’s a bit generous.

    • Matt November 4, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Oh no. And from the highly respected outlet, Don Balon. I like the “wants to take his game to the next level”. That would be losing 3-1 to Spurs then! Love it! 🤣

      • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 9:55 am

        Written by a Gooner or Chav apprentice hack on work experience for a ‘click site’…

    • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

      I have never seen a more obviously fake news story than that. It’s just embarrassing…

  • DAVID November 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Painful watching Bilic’s interview on BT Sport after losing to Liverpool, looks and sounds like a broken man.
    There again, had we not gone Spursy against them a couple of weeks ago he would probably have been sacked before tonight.

  • Lord Croker November 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Bilic will get his p45 now.

    • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Moyes in?

  • caveman November 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Julian Dicks looks like Mitchelin Man!

  • 89Spurs👁 November 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Oh Dear ! Pikeys down and out.⚽️💩

  • SeattleSpursGuy November 4, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    My 3-3 prediction is still on.

    What a shit pair of teams.

  • East Stand November 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I agree, League placing, quality of football and overall forward momentum are the greatest markers of progress for this Spurs team.

    If we won the League Cup and finished 6th that would be a huge step back…

    • Sexy Beast November 4, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      +1

  • ashley collie November 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Poetic licence, “smash everyone?”

    • Harry Hotspur November 5, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Ashley I’m curious to know how your brain works. You’ve considerable form for slating me and this blog and it’s readers in other places online – yet feel this is a place you’d be welcome to post on… how does that work?

  • caveman November 4, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Spammers are pure shite. Haven’t seen such a lame effort this season!

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? November 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    West Ham 45/1 to win?!? I know they done it in the cup v us but how tight is that? I’d take a million to one. Not much else.

  • SeattleSpursGuy November 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    How is Joe Flippin’ Hart England’s number one?

    • mystic arnold November 4, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Blackmail photos

  • SeattleSpursGuy November 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Pool haven’t done much but take advantage of really suicidal defending from the Spam.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? November 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Oh dear West Ham.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    The away teams are creating a winning away culture today

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Seasiders rock!

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? November 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I fancied Burnley. Dyche has done wonders. Hughton getting results too.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 5:24 pm

        Southampton needs a beach

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? November 4, 2017 at 5:26 pm

          Yeah I know…… They just got a knackered old ship.

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm

            Isnt that Portsmouf

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? November 4, 2017 at 5:29 pm

              Ha! I was just about to say that. I think Southampton have a posh one.

              • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

                Peterborough do

                • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? November 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm

                  And Barry Fry’s vapour trails…..😷

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? November 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    The example of the trophy order at Utd is important. Ask any player who had success and they say once one trophy comes others follow. The disregarding of the other cups is puzzling, a winning precedent can be set. We should go for the f.a. cup. We need to develop a winning culture.

  • Harry Hotspur November 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    • East Stand November 5, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Salman is a Spurs fan.

  • Still Nil Nil November 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    A lot of managers come out with a rallying cry to get supporters up to face teams like palace etc but know deep down its not within their capabilities to achieve the standards poch is setting.
    But this squad does, and they’re starting to believe it.
    And combined with ability and good coaching this squad can achieve what poch is aiming for.

    Poch is of the same winning mentality mould as Bill Nick.

    Exciting stuff.

    Yes they’ll be blips (wet spam, manure) but this squad now know they can beat ANYBODY.

  • Harry Hotspur November 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm
    • Blanchflower November 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Love Curb so much

      • Harry Hotspur November 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm

        I just found it. I cannot describe the joy.

        I’m sensing TENSION that’s all I’m saying…

    • Lilywhite November 4, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Great show. Jeez today’s football lineup has been pretty, pretty bad.

  • Matt November 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    ronwol196061🇨🇦
    My line up for tommorow
    🤢
    😎🤤😈🌝
    😂🤡😁
    😈🤤
    🏆

    That’s just daft Ron. No way the clown can play centre mid.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      It only hurts when I laugh

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    My line up for tommorow

    🤢
    😎🤤😈🌝
    😂🤡😁
    😈🤤
    🏆

    • Harry Hotspur November 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      You bastard!

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm

        My Mum and Dad never said a word…though I have 15 different birthdays

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Can we kick it up a bit I know its a Nil Nil day today but Im not sure youve noticed but we are not playing

    • Harry Hotspur November 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      It was a Nil Nil Still Day in my house – a pall sent me a Spurs vs Real programme. That’s such a lovely thing. Pretty …pretty PRETTY good!

      • Still Nil Nil November 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

        😘

      • Spiderneil November 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm

        PRETTY… GOOD…

        • Harry Hotspur November 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

          Prittttteee

          • Still Nil Nil November 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm

            Glad you like it 👌

            • Harry Hotspur November 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

              Good people tend to get flushed out on here x

              • Still Nil Nil November 4, 2017 at 4:59 pm

                When you find one, flush em aht

                • Not a Real Fan. November 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

                  You’re a good man, Nilly

                  • Still Nil Nil November 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm

                    Aw thanks Fanny.
                    You’re tops too buddy.
                    Are you at the match tomorrow?

  • melcyid November 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I am waiting for Diane Abbot to expose Corbyn as a sexual predator or vice versa.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      😈

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Its not win win its just win

    • melcyid November 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      no Ron Poch says smash them and win,we did smash Madrid

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm

        Dele says smash grab and win win

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

          Back

          • Freund or Foe November 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm

            Two Ronnies?

            • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm

              😊😊