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Levy would sack me if I only did well in the Cups, says Pochettino

Cup quest: Pochettino hopes to win silverware with Spurs
Cup quest: Pochettino hopes to win silverware with Spurs

By Jonathan Veal

Mauricio Pochettino believes winning trophies would not have saved him from the sack as Tottenham manager if the club were not competing at the top end of the Premier League.

Pochettino has turned Spurs into one of the top clubs in England, challenging for the league title and progressing in the Champions League, but is regularly criticised for failing to win any silverware.

The Argentinian has always insisted that winning a cup competition like the FA Cup or the Carabao Cup does not put the club at the level he wants to take them to.

The clamour for Spurs to win has always been more frantic from outside the club and Pochettino is more concerned about how the club perform in the league and Champions League.

And that was again his message as Spurs kick-off their FA Cup campaign with a visit to League Two side Tranmere tonight.

"My ambition is to win the Champions League one day with Tottenham or the Premier League," he said.

"Sometimes the people take it wrong, my words. 'Oh the manager doesn't want to win the FA Cup or disrespects the competition the Carabao Cup or FA Cup'.

"No, no, no, no, no. It is the opposite. I respect a lot.

"But my ambition is to win the Champions League one day or the Premier League.

"To win the Carabao Cup and be in the middle of the table in the Premier League I think today we are not talking how we are talking here. I think I was sacked a few years ago.

"If you don't finish how we have finished in the last three seasons and (win) the FA Cup, I don't know if Daniel (Levy, chairman) would have too much patience with me."

Tranmere Rvs vs Tottenham

FA Cup Third Round:

Prenton Park, Tonight, 7.45pm

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