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Mauricio Pochettino vows to take Europa League seriously

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Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino will be taking the Europa League competition seriously as the attraction of a Champions League spot to the winner has changed his opinion on the cup.

As Southampton manager Pochettino said Europe's second-tier tournament was 'not an attractive competition', but now he has moved to North London his thoughts have changed.

The raised demands at Spurs - namely qualifying for the Champions League instead of Premier League consolidation - mean the Argentine cannot be so selective with which competition's he targets.

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Pot at the end of the rainbow

“The Europa League now gives the possibility to play in the Champions League and it’s now a more interesting competition than before,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Before, if you won the Europa League you never had that chance – but now, with that change, it’s a more interesting competition.

“But it’s only one more chance – you still have the Premier League and our aim is to win every competition. We’re taking it game by game.”

With the battle for the top four becoming inceasingly intense, the Europa League becomes a more viable option, and with the strength and depth of Tottenham's squad Pochettino will hope his side will be in Warsaw for the final.

Strong Premier League start

Pochettino enjoyed a dream start to his Spurs tenure at the home of bitter rivals West Ham United last weekend, with a dramatic injury-time winner from Eric Dier earning the visitors all three points right at the death.

Previous Spurs managers have struggled desperately to manage the workload of three matches a week thanks to the headache of European football though, so it will be interesting to see how Pochettino adjusts accordingly in his first exposure to the competition.

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