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Pochettino wants 'real' trophies for Tottenham, not FA Cups

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 Nov 2017 12:00 AM GMT

LONDON, Nov 18: For all the talk of power shifts in north London, Arsel's trophy cabinet has been re-stocked more recently than Tottenham Hotspur's with three FA Cup triumphs since 2014.

That was the year Mauricio Pochettino took over at Tottenham with a plan to turn it into a club capable of challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.

Pochettino's stock has risen sky high since having taken them to third and second in the league in the last two seasons and into the Champions League for successive campaigns.

Tottenham finished above Arsel for the first time in 22 years last season, yet the Gunners stole their thunder by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup fil.

Pochettino will ultimately be judged on winning silverware for a club which, since winning the FA Cup in 1991, has only two League Cup triumphs to celebrate.

Arsel have won the FA Cup twice since Pochettino has been in charge of Spurs -- but the Argentine has higher goals.

"The Premier League and Champions league are a massive challenge for big clubs, these type of trophies are the real trophies," Pochettino told reporters as he looked ahead to Saturday's clash with Arsel at the Emirates.

"For us it is an important game, a derby, and more than three points. But it's important to keeping doing well in a long process, important to improve every game, every season and say we can win not only cups but the Premier League and the Champions League. That is the pressure we are building.

"If we can win FA Cup, League Cup -- fantastic, but the principal option is to win the Premier League and put Tottenham in position to win the Champions League."

Saturday's derby gives Pochettino the chance to win his first north London derby at the Emirates having drawn there in each of the last three seasons. He is unbeaten in six against Wenger in the league (while at Spurs) and acknowledges that Saturday's result will inevitably raise questions about whether Tottenham can regularly out-perform the Gunners. IANS

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