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Steve McClaren claims Mauricio Pochettino must deliver a trophy at Tottenham this season

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on...

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Spurs' manager Mauricio Pochettino during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Internazionale at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 4, 2019 in...

Steve McClaren has warned Mauricio Pochettino that he has to 'deliver a trophy' for Tottenham this season, as he stated that he 'hates to put pressure' on his shoulders.

The former England manager also claimed that comparisons with Tottenham's current position to where Arsenal were when they first move into their stadium is 'a little different' because of Arsene Wenger.

Spurs moved into their new surroundings towards the back end of last season, as they aim to take the next step in the ladder and their quest to win a trophy.


Speaking to Football Centre on Sky Sports News (14/08/2019 at 10:50 am), McClaren believes Pochettino has to win a trophy and challenge the Premier League's top-two this term. 

"They need to win a trophy," McClaren told Sky Sports News. "They have the team to do that. New surroundings. Unbelievable stadium. Spent money in the summer, they look like good players to add to the squad, which has boosted them a little bit. The team is very, very strong. And getting to the Champions League final would give them that confidence and belief. 

"But I think this is a breakthrough season for them. They have to win a trophy and, at least, challenge for the top two - Could they have done a little bit more [in the transfer window]? I think Pochettino's now has got what he wanted. Now he must deliver this season. I hate to put pressure on anybody, but he must deliver a trophy. 

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa is greeted by Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur...

"Arsenal were a little different because of Wenger. Pochettino has been there for five years. And every year everybody praises him for what he's doing. The way he treats his players. Keeps that squad together. Five years, hardly any signings, it shows what a great communicator he is with his players."

Tottenham reached the Champions League final last season despite not purchasing any players during those previous two transfer windows. 

However, this summer, they added more legs to their squad, including record-signing Tanguy Ndombele, who scored on his debut against Aston Villa last Saturday. 

Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur and Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10,...

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