Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham's next step is to win a trophy
By Gerard Brand at Wembley
Last Updated: 10/05/18 8:03am
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's next step is to win a trophy after building stage-by-stage at the club over recent years.
Spurs secured a top-four finish for the third straight season under Pochettino as Harry Kane scored the only goal in a nervy 1-0 win against Newcastle at Wembley on Wednesday.
Pochettino noted how Spurs will finish above their London rivals for the first time since 1995, and says the next big step is to win that elusive first piece of silverware after repeated disappointments in cup competitions since he joined in 2014.
"The first step is always to be competitive, reduce the gap with the top four," the Argentine said. "That was the challenge four years ago. Now after 23 years in the Premier League this is the first time Tottenham are above all the London clubs.
"Then next is to win a trophy. But you need to build. We are not in a club that [has won] a lot in last years. To create a winning mentality is to build step by step and then to be competitive with the big sides.
"Today I am thinking to try to enjoy what we achieve. Tomorrow, who knows?"
Pochettino, who takes his side to their new stadium with Champions League football under their belt next season, said Spurs have played 37 away games this season and this has made finishing in the top four more satisfying.
"It is a massive achievement. I want to commend the team, the players, the staff, playing 37 games away from home, a fantastic achievement to play Champions League for the third time.
"I think we need to be conscious and give the credit to this group of players because it's a massive achievement for the team. It's a massive congratulations and a massive thank you to the staff too."