Football: Pochettino looking beyond FA Cup in Tottenham evolution, targets EPL and Champions League

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates with his players after the English Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on March 11, 2018.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates with his players after the English Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on March 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Tottenham Hotspur must build a winning culture in major competitions like the English Premier League and the Champions League to develop as a club rather than focusing on domestic cup football competitions, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.

The north London side booked an FA Cup semi-final spot by beating Swansea 3-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

"I never said that it's not important to win this competition," the Argentinian told reporters.

"This type of competition is about enjoying the process and about enjoying when you lift the trophy, but it's not going to give a different level or status as winning the Premier League or the Champions League to put the club on a higher level.

"For me, when you are consistently winning in the Premier League or the best competition in the world like the Champions League, that helps you to create (a winning mentality)."

Goals from Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela helped Tottenham breeze past Swansea and set up a semi-final against Manchester United next month.

Tottenham are fourth in the league on 61 points, four points adrift of second-placed United, and travel to fifth-placed Chelsea, who are five points behind them, on April 1.