Mauricio Pochettino believes winning a trophy is what will make this season a success for Tottenham.
As manager, he has delivered four successive top four Premier League finishes, but the lack of silverware is often highlighted.
In June they were 90 minutes away from Champions League glory, but lost the final to Liverpool, while they also got to the semi-final of the Carabao Cup last term and reached the final of the same competition in his first season in charge in 2015.
Pochettino has seen Spurs spend in excess of £100million this summer by bringing Tanguy N’Dombele from Lyon, Giovani Lo Celso on loan from Real Betis and Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, with Jack Clarke joining from Leeds and then re-joining the Championship side for the season.
The boss has previously said the FA Cup and Carabao Cup are not important, but now, with a new stadium and a strong-looking squad, he knows he needs to start filling the trophy cabinet, with the last notable success coming in 2008.
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“My personal feeling is that starting my sixth season I need to lift a trophy,” he admitted. “Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League or Champions League.
“I am not saying it is time. I don’t want to put pressure on the team or the club.
“But if you ask me personally, this season is not about finishing in the top four to be successful – although of course maybe that matters for the club.
“But for me, it is about winning some titles – the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League or the Champions League.
“If not, after last season’s final, to be again in the top four and reach the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, it is like, ‘Come on!’
“You are always there but you cannot touch the glory. That is personally – me. My personal target, objective, aim to be successful this season is to lift a trophy.”
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Much of Pochettino’s success at Spurs has been down to his man-management and that will be put to the test with Danny Rose.
Rose was left at home while Spurs went on their pre-season tour in order to sort a move away from the club, but nothing – in this country at least – materialised and he will be in contention to play against Aston Villa in the first game.
It looks like he will be integrated back into the squad and Pochettino insists there is no issue between the two.
“In between the club, the player and the agent, things can happen,” he said. “I am going to coach the player. I don’t know what is going on between the club to take some decisions.
“You know very well, it is my sixth season that I am not involved in negotiations or in deals with the player and the agent.
“I don’t have an agent, I don’t deal with agents, I don’t deal with money. I don’t deal with anything related to that.
“I have my relationship with [the players] and it is excellent with all the players.
“Of course, it’s not a problem. My relationship with all the players, not only with one or another who have five years or one year.
“My relationship is OK. They know clearly and the agents know how they need to proceed for different things with the club.”
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