Lane redevelopment no excuse for Premier League struggles

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According to an article by FourFourTwo Mauricio Pochettino does not believe the redevelopment of White Hart Lane should be used as an excuse for our struggles to compete in the Premier League this season.

The article adds how we finished second behind Chelsea last term but currently sit fifth in the table after 20 matches, with a whopping 21-points separating Pochettino’s men from runaway leaders Manchester City.

Building works on White Hart Lane means we moved to Wembley for a year, and while the club’s activity in the last transfer window was restricted to the arrivals of Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Fernando Llorente and Juan Foyth.

The article adds that the sales of Kyle Walker and Kevin Wimmer to Manchester City and Stoke City respectively helped the club to balance the books, but our spending was left in the shade by City and Manchester United in particular.

The article goes on to say Pochettino accepted the stadium redevelopment has impacted our finances however he refused to blame it for his side having a below-par first half of the season, despite the record-breaking form of striker Harry Kane.

“To win titles it is about everything,” Pochettino told reporters on Friday ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Swansea City. “We have some stars here but it is about everyone. We are in a process, we are in the middle of the project.
“The moment we finish the new stadium and settle there, we finish the project here on the training ground, everything will be in place and then would be the time to say ‘now we will win the title’.

Pochettino added: “I feel the plan is to win when we move to the new stadium – and now it is not an excuse to try and compete. Only one team can win the Premier League, many teams that invest a lot of money but only one can win, like the Champions League and the FA Cup.
“To be fair and honest, now we are in the middle of the project. We want to win as we are ambitious, but we are going to try.”

The article goes on to say that Swansea raised eyebrows with the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal on Thursday, the former Sheffield Wednesday manager appointed after leaving Hillsborough on Christmas Eve with Carvalhal’s Swansea bow will be against Watford on Saturday, with Pochettino set to be a keen spectator.

“In football, nothing surprises me after 45 years,” Pochettino said. “We will watch tomorrow in Watford and we start to see what he will bring to Swansea.
“We know him from Wednesday and we have some reference. I wish him all the best and for Swansea, but after January 2.”

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