The Argentine coach has experienced a solid debut campaign at White Hart Lane, with his integration of youngsters such as Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb being a particular highlight.
In the Premier League, Spurs have fared well after a slow start to the campaign and currently lie in sixth spot, seven points adrift of Manchester United in fourth place.
Cutting the gap between themselves and the top four should be Spurs’ immediate target, yet Pochettino isn’t one to let ambition stand in his way as he boldly announces his objectives for next season.
“This is, I think, a bigger challenge for the next season – to try to reduce the gap. In this case it is Chelsea who are the champions,” he was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“I think that this is one challenge. Two is to be a strong team with a strong mentality and with a very good squad.”
Is Mauricio Pochettino being too ambitious?
The phrase ‘learn to walk before you can run’ can be linked to Pochettino’s Friday press conference comments, as there are obvious flaws in his quest.
Spurs need to improve their squad first and foremost, but in order to do so patience will be required as without Champions League football, getting proven quality is a tough ask.
Closing the gap on Chelsea isn’t realistic in the short-term, and labelling that as a genuine target could prompt an unwanted rise in expectations and subsequent pressure.
The former Espanyol boss has done a cracking job in allowing the club’s younger players to flourish, and the potential for them to form a successful team is unquestionably there.
However, further development is the next logical step and progressing the first-team squad in order to close the gap on the top four first and foremost should be next on the club’s agenda.