Cape Town – Mauricio Pochettino has asked Tottenham fans to be patient
as the Argentine tactician looks to break the club’s 12-year trophy drought.
Pochettino has been at the helm since May 2014 and, with a
win-rate percentage of 56%, he has turned the north Londoners into a force to
be reckoned with both domestically and in Europe.
Their Premier League challenge faded badly last term
although only Liverpool were better in the Champions League after the Reds beat
them 2-0 in the Madrid final to win Europe’s elite club competition.
A delay in moving to the new stadium did not seem to affect
the players and, now in the new facility, the challenge is to kick on and
finally get some silverware in the cabinet.
While the pressure to succeed has now been ramped up at the
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Pochettino has made it clear it is all just part of
a lengthy plan to place the club where it should be.
“People do not realise all that is going on at this club for
five years,” he told ESPN Brasil. “There was a five-year period, which was a
“Also, what is coming now is a challenge because once the
stadium or the sports city are over, we are also thrilled to win and lift the
The 2007/08 League Cup remains Spurs’ last triumph and that
is something that the fans find hard to accept, with all the world-class stars
that have been at the club over the past 11 years.
It remains to be seen if they can finally get over the line
this time around, but their South American tactician does not feel they are a
million miles away.
“We’re close, we went against all odds, because nobody took
us like a real team that was going to fight for great things, great
competitions,” he added. “But we have reached that level and the challenge is
to keep it.”
The former Southampton chief has ambitions to win big
competitions but is likely to move on in the next few years.
Whenever he does, he will have laid the foundations for
success and anyone coming in to manage the club will have things in place to
continue the journey.
It has not been a quick fix at Spurs, but years of
underachieving will surely be forgotten if the Lilywhites lift a trophy over
the next 10 months.