Gus Poyet exclusive: Its wrong to criticise Arsenal for not winning trophies while its fine for Tottenham to do the same
Gus Poyet believes Tottenhams season can only be regarded as great if they win the FA Cup.
Poyet, the former White Hart Lane star, was speaking ahead of Tottenhams semi-final against Manchester United, which will be played at the Lilywhites temporary home of Wembley on Saturday.
Spurs have failed to seriously challenge in any of the other three competitions they featured in throughout 2017/18, never coming close to Manchester City in the Premier League, falling out the EFL Cup in the fourth round, and being knocked out the Champions League by Juventus in the round of 16.
The FA Cup is the only piece of silverware remaining this season available to Spurs and their manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is still searching for his first trophy in his almost four-year spell with the north Londoners.
While many feel Tottenham have enjoyed another great season despite their lack of silverware, Poyet believes you can only label Spurs campaign with the title of great if they do win the FA Cup.
The former midfielder, now manager of Bordeaux of France, highlighted the constant criticism of Arsenal, and questioned why it is fair Tottenham get off easily despite being in the same situation as their north London rivals.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Poyet said: “We cannot talk about a great season… we can talk about a good season.
“Its a good season if you get in the Champions League – its very difficult to get there – but for a great season you need a trophy.
“I think we cant always criticise Arsenal for not winning trophies, but then go to the other side of London and say that its okay not winning trophies.
“I was lucky enough to be there for the last trophy, with Juande Ramos in 2008, and that shows how much they need that.
“To be great you need to win something.”