Mauricio Pochettino says he and his entire Tottenham side would like to win the FA Cup, but that in their current situation staying in contention for the top four and Champions League is a higher priority.
Spurs begin their campaign to lift the most famous domestic cup when they host AFC Wimbledon at Wembley on Sunday.
Pochettino’s side were beaten at the semi-final stage by London rivals Chelsea last season, losing 4-2 in an enthralling encounter.
The former Southampton boss has, time and again, reinforced the line that both the Premier League and Champions League rank higher in his eyes for Tottenham. However, when it was put to him that he said winning either the FA Cup or EFL Cup would ‘mean nothing’ to him, the Argentine was quick to resist.
“I think you need to put my words in context,” the Spurs boss said. “If you put out of context my words, you can put in my mouth a different message, I never said that.
“I think for a club like Tottenham, to be consistent in top four, fighting for the Champions League, fighting for the Premier League is so important for us. And then, of course, Carabao Cup or FA Cup are important if we can win of course we are going to win.
“Of course the team and everyone we want to win trophies, but the period we are [in] today it is so important to be consistent in Premier League and then massive effort in Champions League, they are such important competitions for the club.
“And then I think it is so, so obvious…the problem, do you know, too much honest and showing my feelings, my emotion but maybe I need to change.”
Pochettino added that, while Wimbledon are a League One outfit, following their scare against Wycombe at White Hart Lane last season the hosts will be treating their visitors as equals given the ‘special’ nature of the competition.
“I think for us The FA Cup is always a bit special, special game it is a special competition,” he added.
“Of course, they are competing in League One but it is tough to play. I remember last season, or a few seasons ago, we played Wycombe and was so difficult. Then we won 4-3, and yes it will be tough again on Sunday because The FA Cup is magic and is a competition that anything can happen.
“That is why it is so important to take in the right way, to feel that it is important game, to feel that we are going to compete in The FA Cup competition and not against a League One team, this is so important to have respect to the opponent and to show respect.”