Mauricio Pochettino has urged for patience and calm following Tottenham Hotspur‘s 2-1 loss in their FA cup semi-final with Manchester United, while also suggesting his position at the club isn’t nailed on in the future.
Tottenham took an early lead through Dele Alli but goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera ensured the Reds would reach the final of the FA Cup for a joint-record 20th time.
Spurs have now lost eight FA Cup semi-finals in a row – the last time they won a semi-final was in 1991 at the expense of local rivals Arsenal.
Spurs are the first team in FA Cup history to lose eight semi-finals in a row.
Failure to launch. pic.twitter.com/8jTjH88aJR
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 21, 2018
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was quizzed by the media after the game, with the Argentine forced to ponder another season without anything to show for it despite the club’s obvious improvement in recent seasons with limited financial outlay.
The former Southampton manager said, via football.london: “The most difficult thing in football is to be realistic. Tottenham is a completely different club to others and in the past four years we have been in a process.
“The challenge was to be competitive and then reduce the gap to the top four. In the last few years we were competitive, winning a trophy is not easy.
“To create that winning mentality, Tottenham need more time, with me or another, to keep developing that philosophy. “
Pochettino’s allusion to a Tottenham without him at the helm came unprompted, and has been decoded in numerous ways, and may be interpreted as the Argentine signalling to Daniel Levy to back him financially in the summer.
How Twitter reacted to Pochettino’s comments
This is how Twitter reacted to Tottenham missing out on another opportunity for silverware, with the majority of Spurs fans pretty cut up by another last-minute omission from the FA Cup.
Until Poch changes his mentality and isn’t too busy trying to think of himself and fulfilling his unrealistic ambitions of winning the league and Champions League, we’ll always be in this position. We have a great side, possibly the best in decades, but absolute 0 to show for it.
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) April 21, 2018
Much of Twitter consisted of fans of other clubs tearing into Spurs, however.
— – (@FutbolFC14) April 21, 2018
Another season without a trophy for this amazing Tottenham team. Absolute bottle jobs. Big club? There’re no bigger than West Ham.
— Chris Wright ??????? (@chriswrightzz) April 21, 2018
Spurs now gone 10 years with no trophy. Remember the abuse Arsenal got for going 8. Yet this tottenham team get praised week in week out.
— Tommy Alldis (@TommyAlldis) April 21, 2018
Tottenham yet again under Pochettino come up short, in the champions league they were leading, today they lead but still no trophy for this team, the manager is not good enough tactically #MUFCTOT
— paul watts (@paulredrum) April 21, 2018
Despite the disappointments, The Lillywhites now turn their attention back to the race for the top four and Champions League qualification for next season.
They next host Watford on Monday Night Football in a weeks’ time.