Tuesday 26 September 2017

Pochettino urged to make Euro challenge with Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino will be expected to bring young players through the system at White Hart Lane. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Mauricio Pochettino will be expected to bring young players through the system at White Hart Lane. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino must change his opinion that "the Europa League is not an attractive competition" as Tottenham Hotspur head coach.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has appointed Pochettino on a five-year contract and believes that the club have a squad capable of juggling Premier League and Europa League campaigns.

Pochettino dismissed the prospect of qualifying for the Europa League while in charge of Southampton, but Levy will insist that Spurs once again take the competition seriously.

The Europa League next season carries the added incentive that the winners will qualify for the Champions League. That is a major attraction for Levy, who accepts that Tottenham will be one of seven clubs hoping to secure a top-four Premier League place.

While in charge at Southampton in February, Pochettino said: "In my opinion the Europa League is not an attractive competition. I think it is a competition that kills you in the league."

Irish Independent

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