Mauricio Pochettino aims high with Tottenham

The result, coupled with Liverpool's defeat to Manchester City on Thursday, leaves Spurs in third-place - six points behind Jurgen Klopp's leaders. The manager has yet to pledge his future to Spurs, who have banned him from talking about a potential approach by Manchester United to take over there next season.

Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a sensational 7-0 FA Cup third round win over Tranmere Rovers on Friday night, but as the Premier League giants serenely made it through to the fourth round draw on Monday many Spurs fans questioned Mauricio Pochettino's need to bring on star striker Harry Kane when the north London club were already 6-0 in front. "Of course I accept the different opinions, but I'm not sure whether winning the Carabao Cup or FA Cup is going to change the character of the club".

"No, no, no, no, no". I think I was sacked a few years ago.

While that barren run may come to an end this year, as they prepare for an FA Cup visit to Tranmere ahead of an EFL Cup semi-final with Chelsea, the Argentine boss explained that trophies aren't as important as consistency in the Premier League. Most of their players could only stand and watch as Fernando Llorente scored a quickfire hat-trick after the break, to add to Son's individual effort and another strike from Aurier.

"If you don't finish how we have finished in the last three seasons and (win) the FA Cup, I don't know if Daniel (Levy, chairman) would have too much patience with me or is very nice to say, "OK you're 10th in the Premier League" and give you a new contract".

"If my ambition in Tottenham is only won the Carabao Cup or FA Cup, with all the respect for that, I think my ambition does not match the ambition of a club like Tottenham".

  • Angelo Rivera