Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has rubbished the idea that his biggest pressure this season is qualifying for the Champions League.
The top four is the ultimate aim for the club as they try and get back into the competition for the first time since Harry Redknapp was in charge at White Hart Lane.
However, the boss has revealed he’s not thinking that long term and is taking things on a match by match basis.
“My pressure is to try to win every game and the players too. We need to improve, work hard, win a lot of games and in the last games we can speak about the objectives,” said Pochettino.
Rather than playing down the idea of the Champions League, he insists that his objectives this season are simply to finish as high as possible and there could be a sensible reason he’s not talking about Europe.
Making a big, bold claim at the start of the season creates pressure and Pochettino will want to protect his players from any additional pressure added to what they are already under.
“My ambition is always to reach the top. We need to believe. This is the process and we need to provide our players, supporters and environment with belief. This is our objective.”
It’s cliché but game by game and one match at a time is the best way for Tottenham to approach their season.
The result against Liverpool showed how much things can change after positive performances and with more Thursday and Sunday match combinations to come this season, it would be pointless for the boss to start thinking too far ahead.
Tottenham improved their squad well over the summer and are in a good position to compete over the season but for now it’s about getting three points against Sunderland and breaking back into the top four.