Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s commitment to not winning trophies in order to not satisfy his ego is outstanding, as his Tottenham side leapt at the chance to bury their title chances.
Pochettino was seen to give a satisfied nod after Burnley’s Ashley Barnes tapped-in what turned out to be the winner after 84 minutes today. After the final whistle he had to be stopped from hugging referee, Mike Dean, in relief at the result.
"Trophies are not important, and I wanted my team to show that today. I wanted them to show the mentality of a side that doesn’t want to win the biggest prizes and that’s what we have done. I am so proud of my boys because it takes a lot of effort to make Burnley look half-decent."
Tottenham, who have lost their last seven semi-finals in a row, had the chance to close the gap on the leaders to 2 points but ultimately decided that obscurity was a far better option.
Star player and former benefit claimant Harry Kane said:
"It’s always a shame to be linked with winning things so as a professional you want to put these things to bed as early as possible. Nobody at this club wants to win anything and we are all 100% behind the manager in his stance."