May 11, 2018 / 3:27 PM / 10 months ago

Tottenham must celebrate Champions League qualification, says Pochettino

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said the club should be in a celebratory mood after securing a Champions League place for the third successive season despite another trophyless campaign.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - March 7, 2018 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo

The north London club have guaranteed a top-four Premier League finish ahead of Sunday’s final match against Leicester City, but once again failed to pick up any silverware.

After suffering an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United and exiting this season’s Champions League at the hands of Juventus in the last 16, Tottenham’s fans have endured a 10th consecutive year without winning a major trophy.

Pochettino, however, says the club should celebrate what they have achieved.

“At Tottenham, we have always had that feeling that what we have done is not enough,” he told reporters.

“In the last three years we have achieved massive things at this football club, like playing in the Champions League, but we never celebrate.

“So this time I am going to celebrate with my staff. It is not enough, because we want to win trophies and titles, but in football, winning titles is not the only thing - even though this group of people and fans deserve some trophies.”

Tottenham will assess the fitness of fullback Kieran Trippier before they face ninth-placed Leicester at Wembley.

The 27-year-old England international twisted a knee during their 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Defender Serge Aurier (hamstring) and central midfielder Mousa Dembele (ankle) are also a doubt for the weekend.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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