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