REVEALED: Tottenham stars want new boss Jose Mourinho to put a greater emphasis on success in the FA Cup
- Tottenham players want Jose Mourinho to treat the FA Cup seriously this season
- Mauricio Pochettino often used tournament to rest players and blood youngsters
- Spurs stars want their new boss to place a greater importance on the FA Cup
- Harry Kane has hinted at the squad’s desperation to finally lift some silverware
Tottenham players want Jose Mourinho to treat the FA Cup seriously this season as the club finally look to end their 11-season trophy drought.
Mauricio Pochettino often used the tournament to rest his key players and blood youngsters, making clear the historic competition was behind the Premier League and Champions League in his list of priorities – though Spurs did reach the semi-finals in 2017.
But Spurs stars want their new boss to place a greater importance on the FA Cup this season when they enter the competition in January.
Spurs stars want Jose Mourinho to place a greater importance on the FA Cup this season
There is a big frustration within the squad over the club’s long wait for a trophy. The last time Spurs won any silverware was in 2008 when they lifted the League Cup.
But with a realistic title challenge seemingly out of reach, Tottenham players view the FA Cup as great opportunity to end their long-running trophy blank.
Spurs have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages, a tournament Mourinho will prioritise given his rich history in the competition, while the club’s quest to challenge for a top-four place is also a key target.
New boss Mourinho has one FA Cup to his name, winning the trophy with Chelsea in 2007
But the FA Cup, arguably, represents Tottenham’s most realistic hope of winning a trophy this season, a prospect that hasn’t been lost on members of the squad.
Mourinho has one FA Cup to his name, winning the trophy with Chelsea in 2007. But he has also won the Coppa Italia with Inter Milan and the Copa del Rey with Real Madrid.
Harry Kane hinted at the squad’s desperation to finally lift some silverware, saying: ‘We know we both (Mourinho and Kane) want to win big competitions. That’s the team’s aim, that’s my aim and that is the manager’s aim.
‘Hopefully I can help him do that this year and see where we can go.’
Spurs striker Harry Kane has hinted at the squad’s desperation to finally lift some silverware