Poch positive despite setbacks

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was quick to put a positive spin on his side's FA Cup exit at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Spurs lost 2-0 at Selhurst Park in Sunday's fourth-round clash, just three days after they had been beaten by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Pochettino has a lengthy injury list to contend with, including Harry Kane and Dele Alli, but is happy to now be able to focus on the Premier League and Champions League.

Spurs are nine points behind league leaders Liverpool ahead of Wednesday's home game with Watford, which they are 7/10 to win, and seven points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.

They face Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"People wish we could win some trophies but, being realistic, we are doing so well," said Pochettino.

"To win a title here in England like the FA Cup or Carabao Cup is about being lucky, not only about quality in your squad.

"We are going to create a debate that to win a trophy is going to help the club. I don't agree with that. That only builds your ego. In reality the most important thing is being consistently in the top four and playing in the Champions League. That is going to help the club to achieve the last step."

Connor Wickham gave Palace the lead on Sunday before a penalty by former Spurs star Andros Townsend confirmed the home team's place in the fifth round. Roy Hodgson's side can now be backed at 14/1 to win the FA Cup outright.

Pochettino added: "Now the realistic targets are trying to be in the top four, to try and be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and reduce the gap. Another is to try to beat Dortmund and be in the next round [of the Champions League].

"That will be tough. We are competing against a team who are doing fantastically well in Germany, who are top of the table and have come back off their (winter) holidays. They are all fresh and we are the opposite. But we have to be positive."

Spurs are 6/5 to beat Borussia Dortmund and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.