Mauricio Pochettino says that Tottenham ‘s ‘project’ is to win the Champions League or Premier League so they are prepared to sacrifice the domestic cups.
The Argentine will make wholesale changes for Tottenham’s Carabao Cup clash with Barnsley on Tuesday night, including a competitive debut for 17-year-old midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe.
Tottenham have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup but Pochettino is not interested in ending that barren run with another domestic cup.
Having finished third and then second in the Premier League, he clearly feels the club has bigger fish to fry.
“The project here at Tottenham is to try to win the Premier League or the Champions League. For me, that is the two big trophies,” said Pochettino.
“OK, I would love to win the Carabao Cup or the FA Cup for our fans, but Tottenham must build a project with the possibility to fight for Champions League or Premier League.
“Sorry, first of all the Premier League and then the Champions League. If we are going to try to win Carabao Cup or FA Cup, and forget the Premier League or Champions [League], it’s a big mistake.
“I think what it means for a big team to win trophies is to win the Premier League or Champions League. There are a lot of examples: in my second season at Southampton, Wigan won FA Cup. Where is Wigan today, with all my respect? League One. That is the most important example.
“Of course I would like to win trophies, but first of all we’ll fight for the Premier League or the Champions League.”
Other players likely to be involved are 19-year-old Argentine defender Juan Foyth,