Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino told talkSPORT what he feels his squad have to realise about the achievement of finishing fifth this season.
Spurs managed to pip Liverpool to the first place outside the top four on the final day of the season last weekend and the Argentine feels it’s a fitting finish for a young side, which worked hard over a ten month period.
“The top five is a fantastic achievement for us. We need to realise that it’s a fantastic achievement with a very young squad – We have sometimes been a bit up and down this season, but I’m very happy and pleased and they deserve all of the praise they get,” said the boss.
The ultimate aim for Tottenham is always going to be breaking back into the Champions League, but fifth place in the Premier League is not something to be overlooked.
Pochettino used some home grown players in key positions throughout his team last season and they had to deal with the weight of expectation from the club’s immense support base as they chased the top four.
The main challenge for Pochettino is going to be how to reinvent his side to keep those younger players effective, while adding to the squad in key areas and selling players who don’t fit into his philosophy.
The pressure surrounding Tottenham next season is going to be exactly the same and if the boss can sign players who take a little bit of pressure away from the youngsters, hopefully they can retain their punch for the new season.