Tottenham Hotspurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino has reacted angrily to Arsene Wenger’s veiled attack on his club in comments made before Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win against Chelsea by advising the Arsenal manager to talk less about other clubs and focus more on his own team.
Before Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Chelsea on Wednesday, Wenger had said the media “celebrate some teams who have not been in a final for 25 years”, a statement which was taken as a dig at Tottenham and Liverpool, who together have lifted only two trophies in the last 10 years.
Pochettino said: “He (Wenger) is and will always be one of the best managers in the world, I respect him, but I think he needs to talk for himself and for Arsenal.
“He is a special manager, but everyone sometimes makes a mistake and for me he made a mistake to talk about us or a different team.
“I’m so young and (have) only (been) five years in the Premier League, in two clubs Southampton and Tottenham, but there’s no point to talk about another team,” Pochettino said.
“Praise? Of course we receive praise. Football is not only to win trophies, it’s the circumstances of different clubs.
Tottenham have yet to win a trophy under Pochettino, who joined the club in the summer of 2014, with their last silverware coming a decade ago – an EFL Cup win over Chelsea.
The closest they have come to tasting success under the Argentine was in 2015 when Spurs were defeated by Chelsea in the EFL Cup final. They also finished as Premier League runners-up to Chelsea last season.