Arsene Wenger has defended Tottenham’s lack of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino’s management, insisting it is difficult to win trophies in England.
Pochettino is yet to win a trophy since arriving at Spurs in the summer of 2014 but has come close on a few occasions.
The Argentinian recently suggested finishing in the top four of the Premier League is more important than winning the domestic cups for Tottenham, an opinion Wenger also held during a trophyless spell of his career.
And Wenger insisted winning silverware doesn’t come easy.
“It’s very difficult to win trophies in England,” said the Frenchman (via talkSPORT). “The last cup we won we had to play against [Manchester] City in the semi-final and Chelsea in the final – who were the champions.”
Wenger went on to compare Spurs to Manchester United’s hugely successful Class of ’92, who went on to win countless titles at Old Trafford.
However, Wenger noted Tottenham need to find the maturity to reach the next level and start winning trophies.
He said: “What I want to say about Tottenham – I’m an Arsenal fan so it’s a bit of a sensitive subject for me – they have a generation of young players, who for me look like a little bit like the Man United generation, with Giggs, Scholes, Butt, the Nevilles, Beckham.
“They (the Class of 92) made it to the complete top.
“You feel there is something there at Tottenham, but they have not shown the maturity in the decisive moments to get to what we speak about (winning trophies).
“That’s the target now, they come to maturity in the next two, three years, and they have to show that.”
Spurs produced an excellent display in their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night, putting themselves in a promising position to reach the quarter-finals.
Whether they have the quality and depth to reach the final four in the competition remains to be seen.