Gus Poyet: Tottenham deserve same criticism as Arsenal

Bordeaux' Uruguyan head coach Gustavo Poyet looks on during the French L1 football match between Bordeaux (FCGB) and Nice (OGCN) on February 25, 2018, at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in...

Gus Poyet believes Spurs have to win the FA Cup for their season to be considered "great".

Bordeaux's Uruguayan head coach Gustavo Poyet reacts during the French L1 football match between MHSC Montpellier and Bordeaux, on March 15, 2018 at the la Mosson Stadium in Montpellier,...

Former Tottenham player and assistant manager Gus Poyet has told TalkSPORT that Spurs deserve to receive the same criticism as Arsenal when it comes to winning trophies.

Spurs are yet to win a trophy under Mauricio Pochettino, with their last silverware coming in the form of the 2007-08 League Cup in which Poyet was assistant to Spanish boss Juande Ramos.

Despite Pochettino's impressive work at Spurs, they are yet to win a trophy despite plenty of plaudits coming their way, while Arsenal are criticised for a lack of silverware themselves - though they did win the FA Cup last season.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at Amex Stadium on April 17, 2018 in...

Poyet stated that Spurs must win the FA Cup to describe this season as "great" rather than "good", as they face Manchester United on Saturday evening in the competition's semi-final.

“We cannot talk about a great season. We can talk about a good season," Poyet said. “It’s a good season if you get in the Champions League – it’s very difficult to get there – but for a great season you need a trophy.

“I think we can’t always criticise Arsenal for not winning trophies, but then go to the other side of London and say that it’s okay not winning trophies.

“I was lucky enough to be there for the last trophy, with Juande Ramos in 2008, and that shows how much they need that."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on April 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Spurs rested a whole host of stars on Tuesday night including the likes of Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez, but the decision may have backfired on Pochettino as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton.

Chelsea sit eight points behind Spurs in fifth place, but they have the chance to rank up the pressure on their London rivals in the battle for a Champions League place as they face Burnley away from home on Thursday night.

The Blues are then themselves in action in the other FA Cup semi-final, where they face Southampton less than a fortnight after beating the Saints 3-2 at St. Mary's Stadium.

 

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