Contrary to belief, I am here to win: Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur will open their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Manager Mauricio Pochettino said that Spurs must not be satisfied with qualifying for the Champions League and have to mount a more serious challenge in the Premier League and for other trophies.The London club finished third last season to secure their place in Europe’s elite club competition for a third season running.”Of course it is a massive success for the club to be in the Champions League for the third year in a row. But maybe that is not enough, maybe we need to change certain things. For me, it is not enough,” Pochettino told British media.Spurs, who are preparing to move into their new 850 million pounds ($1.1 billion) stadium for the new season, have yet to sign any players in the current transfer window.”If some people believe the manager of Tottenham does not want trophies they are not right in their minds. I am here to win,” said the Argentine.”Can we win something this season? In football, all can happen. It will be tough because our opponents are at a level where every year they improve … we are competing in the same race but with a different car.”Tottenham on Tuesday saw the return of their World Cup stars, but Pochettino said he already has plans to integrate the returning players into training ahead of the game.Reporting for duty. #COYS pic.twitter.com/KsGAjxcM45Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 6, 2018″It’s a massive challenge for us after we tried to provide the team a good rest. For the players that were involved in the World Cup, it was massive and so important to give a very good rest and recovery after a very tough season and World Cup and now it’s a big challenge for us to try to provide them with the best tools to be competitive as soon as possible,” Pochettino told Spurs TV.advertisementBut the Spurs manager was not willing to divulge the names of the players who might start in the Premier League opener.”If some players are ready, of course we are going to use them but we are not going to take some risks because sometimes for one game, you lose the players for one month or two months and that is (why it’s) so important to be clever in the decisions that we are going to take.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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