Mauricio Pochettino dreams of Tottenham in the Champions League

The Argentine trainer has admitted that playing in the Europa League is not what the North London club want.

Tottenham came back from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Southampton yesterday, with the North London club’s hopes of finishing in the top four now all-but over.

It was an emotional afternoon for Mauricio Pochettino upon his return to the St Mary’s Stadium, as he faced his former employers.

Spurs looked to be heading towards a landmark season earlier in the campaign but the wheels have come off to some degree in recent months.

After being defeated in the Capital One Cup final by Chelsea, the White Hart Lane side were eliminated from the Europa League by Fiorentina and have slipped up domestically.

With the sheer number of games seemingly taking their toll on the players, Pochettino has admitted that playing in the Europa League is difficult.

"It's very hard to play Europa League," Pochettino is quoted as saying in The London Evening Standard.

"I always explained when I was at Southampton that I prefer to play Champions League. If you reach the Europa League, it's good for the club but it's not the competition that you dream about.

“My dream is to play with Tottenham in the Champions League. For that we need to prepare in the summer and build a strong team.

"After my experience here I think that it is very tough to play in the Europa League. The Premier League is the most difficult league to play in in the world because it's very competitive.

"When you play two more cups, I think it's very tough for the player. If we reach the Europa League, we need to try to do better, to fight for the top four and try to win the Europa League, but that's not my dream. “

Tottenham have played more games this season than any other Premier League club due to their progress in cup competitions, while their record in the league is poor in the aftermath of playing in the Europa League.

The North London side have the potential to feature in the European second-tier competition again next season, which is seemingly a poisoned chalice.

Liverpool showed last season that being able to focus solely on domestic football had its merits and advantages.

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