With Tottenham Hotspur opening up the 2019/20 Premier League campaign with a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on Saturday, speaking to the press ahead of the game, whilst manager Mauricio Pochettino was quick to point out he didn’t intend to put any additional pressure on the players, he did concede that six years into his tenure at the club, it was time to deliver a trophy.
Quoted by the Independent at the weekend having come so close to ultimate European glory with our fantastic (and often unexpected) run to the Champions League Final, Pochettino explained that for him it was another year of consolidation when it came to the top four spots in the division, but he felt there had to be a greater focus on the Cup competitions this time around.
“My personal feeling is that starting my sixth season I need to lift a trophy. Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League or Champions League. I am not saying it is time. 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 – the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League of the Champions League. If not, 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!’
I would imagine most Spurs fans would be on board with that given how long it is since we added new silverware to the trophy cabinet and we all know the amount of talk last season about paying more attention to the domestic cups, even if from a financial point of view they matter less.
Ticking that box this year would be massive as a statement and proof of continued growth.