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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Mauricio Pochettino focused on winning 'the two real trophies' of Premier League and Uefa Champions League

Argentine manager said he will welcome success in all competitions but winning the League Cup 'will not change the life of Tottenham'.

Mauricio Pochettino has led Tottenham Hotspur to third and second placed finishes in the Premier League the past two season. Matthew Childs / Reuters
Mauricio Pochettino has led Tottenham Hotspur to third and second placed finishes in the Premier League the past two season. Matthew Childs / Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said domestic cup success would make little difference to his side and that the Premier League and Uefa Champions League are the "two real trophies" he is desperate to win.

Spurs, who host West Ham United in the last 16 of the League Cup on Wednesday, have not won a major prize of any kind since lifting the trophy in 2008. They last won the FA Cup in 1991.

Pochettino's men have finished runners-up in the Premier League to Chelsea last season and ran Leicester City close in 2015/16 before a late collapse saw them finish third behind fierce rivals Arsenal.

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Despite the chance of League Cup success, Pochettino said the club's priorities lie firmly elsewhere.

"Our objective is to win the Premier League, to win the Champions League - for me the two real trophies," Pochettino said.

"And then there is the FA Cup. Of course I would like to win and I would like to win the Carabao (League) Cup, but if you want to be a big team and fight for big things, I think it is impossible if you don't use all the squad and rotate in England.

"The manager always wants to win. To win the Carabao Cup? Yes, of course but it would not change the life of Tottenham.

"The FA Cup? Fantastic, I would love to win all the competitions in the world but it really changes your life if you win the Premier League or the Champions League. That is the truth."

Left-back Danny Rose is set to make his first Tottenham start in almost nine months against West Ham but Pochettino said Erik Lamela is still not ready to return, despite hopes the winger would feature at Wembley.

Harry Kane will also be rested, meaning a rare start for Fernando Llorente up front, while Michel Vorm will replace Hugo Lloris in goal. Victor Wanyama remains sidelined with a knee problem.