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Tottenham fans are spot on: Mauricio Pochettino’s side must target Carabao Cup success

Tottenham fans are spot on: Mauricio Pochettino’s side must target Carabao Cup success

Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side end a tricky run of form which victory in the Premier League over the weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their trip to Brighton on Saturday having lost each of their previous three games in all competitions, two of which coming in the league at the hands of Liverpool and Watford. Yet the North Londoners returned to winning ways at the weekend as goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela inspired them to a 2-1 success at the AMEX Stadium, a result which moved Pochettino’s side up to fifth place in the Premier League table.

As such, there have been many thrilled Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter to call upon manager Pochettino and his team to take the Carabao Cup seriously this season, starting with their clash with Watford this evening.

And those Tottenham supporters are absolutely spot on to demand full focus from their team, as it has been a long time since their club lifted any sort of silverware.

Ultimately, manager Pochettino has earned rave reviews for the job he has done at Spurs since taking over back in 2014, although the Argentine does not have a trophy to show for his efforts.

They have come reasonably close to ending that drought, losing in the League Cup final in 2015 to Chelsea alongside semi-final exits in the FA Cup in the last two seasons, but it does appear that Pochettino has, on the whole, been prioritising winning either the Premier League or the Champions League, as evidenced with his comments little over a year ago.

And while those two competitions are undoubtedly more prestigious than the two domestic cup competitions, Spurs haven’t won a trophy since 2008 when they lifted the League Cup – they surely aren’t in a position to be picky when it comes to what silverware they want to win.

In fact, their barren spell without a trophy, which now stands at over ten years, is longer than Arsenal’s infamous stint without silverware between 2005 and 2014 – and we all know how much criticism Arsene Wenger got in those years.

Thus, while Pochettino appears not to be too fazed about the Carabao Cup, it’s a competition Tottenham must seek to try and win – they have the squad and the players to do so, so why not go out and try and get the job done?

Their start in the Champions League, in losing 2-1 to Inter Milan in their opening match, suggests that glory on the European stage will be extremely difficult this season, while they are already six points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool to suggest a title challenge may evade them – the domestic cup competitions seemingly represent their best chance of success.

As such, starting against Watford tonight at the stadium:mk, those Spurs fans are absolutely right to demand Pochettino somewhat alters Spurs’ priorities, and thus shows genuine ambition to win the Carabao Cup this season.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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