Tottenham’s Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that another season of Europa League football was not what he dreamed of, as he aimed to hunt down the top four places in the league next season.
The former Southampton boss was speaking ahead of summer, in which he hopes for a flurry of significant transfer activity to aid a Champions League tilt.
This season Spurs look set to miss out on the top four, sitting seven points behind fourth placed Manchester United with just four games to go until the end of the Premier League season.
Following a 2-2 draw against his old club at Saint Mary’s, he re-iterated that a place in Europe’s second competition was not what he wanted.
Quoted by Goal, he said, “”It [the Europa League] is not the competition that is your dream, my dream is to play with Tottenham in the Champions League and for that we need to prepare, a big summer.
“I think we need to build a strong team to be realistic and try to fight for the top four next season. Because I think our dream, for our supporters and the club, is to fight for the top four and try to reach the Champions League.
“After my experience here I think that it’s very tough to play in the Europa League.”
The result against Southampton also seemingly put to bed and lingering hopes that the Saints could steal into fourth place after a blistering start to the season, which saw them emerge as Champions League contenders.