Spurs 'need to operate in a different way', Pochettino

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Tottenham had moved up into second place in the Premier League after a thumping 5-0 win over Bournemouth on 26 December.

Mauricio Pochettino's men are third in the table, just six points behind leaders Liverpool and challenging for the title.

"We are in an wonderful position, the club is finishing one of the best stadiums in the world, the team is so competitive".

And the Spurs boss said he was delighted with the way his players handled their fourth league game in 10 days. You can win or lose in different stadiums.

Spurs have been beaten at the semi-final stage of the FA Cup in each of the past two seasons and this month's showdown with Chelsea presents Pochettino's latest chance to add a major honour to a highly-regarded coaching resume.

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"What is success? Of course, we're the first that will want to win a trophy but that doesn't mean it's going to be a very successful thing or put Tottenham in a different level", Pochettino said.

"But, at the same time, we've got players that have been working hard and are ready to come in".

"Of course, now the window is open we're going to talk", he finalised. "We're a team everyone likes to watch over the last three or four years but we need to be a little bit naughty, smart in how we compete, and we still miss that. We are doing a fantastic job but if we want to be real contenders we need to operate in a different way in the future". "Sure for us, it's going to be hard to add players".

"I'm realistic enough to know we were always going to be up against it - the amount of quality we were going to face", manager Micky Mellon said. "We have the opportunity now against Chelsea and in the next few months to show we're capable of being more competitive than we were".

Asked about potentially signing players in this month's transfer window, Pochettino said: "We know summer is hard, but winter is worse and it is going to be hard".

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"We were nice kids playing football, now we are more mature, more competitive", he said.

He added: "Of course, we should be in the Champions League next season and that is the aim but we have done nothing yet and I know it is a cliche but it has to be game by game".

"If my ambition in Tottenham is only to win the Capital One Cup or FA Cup, with all the respect for that, I think my ambition does not match the ambition of a club like Tottenham".

Spurs are now in the top three of the Premier League table and many pundits feel that the manager has done more than enough with the limited resources that Daniel Levy has provided him with.

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