Tottenham Hotspur boss Pochettino plays down significance of FA Cup glory

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that winning the FA Cup will not push the club to the next level.

The North London outfit will take on Manchester United in the semi-finals of the competition this weekend.

It gives the club an opportunity to win their first piece of silverware in a decade, but judging from the manager’s comments, he does not feel that lifting the trophy would be very significant.

While speaking to reporters in his pre-match press conference, the Argentine suggested that Spurs will only be considered among elite clubs once they win the Champions League or Premier League.

“I promise you the club is not going to change if you win or don’t win the FA Cup or the League Cup. It would be fantastic to add that trophy to the club but what would put us to a different level would be to win the Premier League or Champions League. That is going to put you in a different level.”

This season, Spurs reached the last-16 stage in Europe, but were beaten across two legs by Juventus.

With regards to domestic terms, in the last two campaigns, Tottenham finished third and second respectively, but they were unable to launch a challenge this time around due to Manchester City’s dominance.

As it stands, Spurs are fourth in the league table, two points behind Liverpool and six adrift of second-placed United.