Pochettino insists Spurs still don’t want Europa League place

(Photo: Guardian)

(Photo: Guardian)

As the season draws to a close, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has assured his club’s fans that he has no intention of competing for a Europa League place.

The Argentine saw his side lost comfortably to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City team at the weekend and was typically forthright with his reaction. “I’m delighted with the players. They knew exactly what they had to do and they did it,” said the former Argentine international. “The Europa League is a prestigious competition and one that we want to play no part in.”

Pochettino has revolutionised the way certain things are done at White Hart Lane this season but the club go into the final two games of the season 10 points behind fourth placed Manchester United. Pochettino will look to change that next season. “Without a doubt, I expect us to be much further behind Manchester United next season.”

Spurs will face competition to not qualify for Europe however, as Southampton too look to defy the odds in their bid to fall out of the top six.

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