Spurs' season a success with or without trophy, says Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino insists this season will have been a success for Tottenham regardless of whether they end it by winning a trophy.
The victor will also gain a psychological boost in the Premier League title race, where Tottenham have cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to four points following a superb run of form.
Seven victories on the bounce have all-but secured them Champions League qualification in the league, with Spurs amassing 71 points, one better than last season's total, with six games still left to play.
All that is left is for Pochettino's men to mark their progress with some silverware but the Argentinian insists expectations should not rise too high too soon.
"Here is a massive success," Pochettino said.
"With a big team, you are already very close to winning. Look at Barcelona with Pep (Guardiola), with Tito Vilanova, with (Frank) Rijkaard, with Luis Enrique. All different managers but with the same group of players and they were successful.
"Success for me is to finish in the top four like last season. It was a big success for Tottenham and means maybe more than winning one title with Barcelona.
"I dream of lifting trophies but the way I did with Espanyol, two Copa del Reys with Espanyol, that is why I admire Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. It is so difficult to win with Atletico Madrid. He deserves more credit maybe than some others."
Tottenham's progress has been all the more impressive given the financial constraints caused by the club's new stadium, which is due to open for the 2018-19 season and is costing around £800million.
Pochettino says the team's progress on the pitch is ahead of schedule and any success achieved before the new White Hart Lane is completed would come as a bonus.
"I think the process when we started three years ago, was the club creating new facilities, a new stadium, that was the plan and the team was here too," Pochettino said.
"But it's true that the step was massive from the team, while the club is still growing up, but not in the same pace. And now maybe we need to wait a little bit for the club to arrive - to finish the new stadium, to move from Wembley to White Hart Lane again.
"And that moment will be the moment to push and try to win. But, if this season we can win, or next season we can win some titles, it's welcome."
Tottenham's irresistible form makes them slight favourites to beat Chelsea this weekend but their chances of overhauling the Blues in the title race remain slim.
It would be the second consecutive year in which Spurs have just fallen short, having lost out to Leicester last season, but Pochettino aimed a dig at the Foxes' form this term.
"We are, over two seasons, the best or the more consistent," Pochettino said.
"We are showing that we are a team that you can trust. It is another thing to take 100 points and win the Premier League, and then another season to take 40 or 45 points and be fighting in the middle of the table."
Pochettino must decide this weekend whether to play Son Heung-min, who has scored eight goals in six games, from the start or revert to the 3-4-3 formation that proved so effective in their victory against Chelsea in January.
Tottenham will be without Danny Rose, however, as the full-back is still regaining fitness following a knee injury.