Throughout last season, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino kept calling for the North London side to be brave in the transfer market and behave like a big club (Daily Telegraph).
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy arguably listened to his manager’s advice with the club strengthening their ranks considerably during the summer window following the aquisitions of Jack Clarke, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.
However, despite strengthening the squad in the summer, Pochettino has now reiterated that the project that he has at Tottenham cannot be compared to the other top six clubs since Spurs are working under severe financial constraints.
According to The Telegraph, the 47-year-old said: “I don’t like to complain but when Kyle Walker was at Tottenham and we sold him to City for £55m two years ago, Kyle Walker-Peters [Tottenham’s right back on Saturday] was a kid.
“Now we’ve sold Kieran Trippier [to Atletico Madrid this summer] and Kyle Walker-Peters is playing. Maybe he was the fourth, fifth option when Kyle Walker was here so I think it’s important people realise we’re building players and that they’re still young.
“So it’s a process that is completely different when you compare it to Manchester City, to Manchester United or Arsenal, Chelsea, teams like this. They are preparing themselves to win.
“We are playing to try to win but we have different resources to fight in the same race with teams that operate in a completely different way.”
However, the Argentine suggested that he was not complaining and enjoys the challenge of competing against teams with more resources. He reiterated that the Lilywhites had quite a long way to go if they wish to catch the likes of Manchester City.
He added, “I’m not complaining, only that I try to describe the truth and some people struggle to understand what the project is at Tottenham.
“We’re in a process where every season is: rebuild the team. I am so happy because that makes us stronger and be creative. But of course it’s tough.
“I’m not worried [City had 30 shots]. When you face a team like City you are exposed. We know very well our level was difficult to fight face to face with a team that in the last three seasons is building to win and are so clinical in the way that they operate and sign players.”
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If any Spurs fans were under the illusion that we can go toe to toe with Manchester City this season, then that game must surely have brought them back down to earth. Pochettino is understandably trying to play down expectations publicly but there is no doubt that he will have his squad believing internally that they can compete with the best.
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