The gulf in class between Tottenham Hotspur and Europe’s elite was illuminated once again on Monday evening as Manchester City recorded a 1-0 victory at Wembley courtesy of a fitting strike from Riyad Mahrez.
It was a fixture dominated by concerns over the state of the pitch and how the shambolic surface ties in with the club’s most pressing problem. The move into the new stadium has recently been delayed into the new year, and the announcement has finally forced Mauricio Pochettino to let his guard down in the press.
The Argentine’s relationship with the British media has always been an intriguing one; he arrived in English football without the required command of the native language and he was forced to articulate his thoughts via a translator, but those days are now a thing of the past.
Pochettino is perfectly eloquent and possesses a rich vocabulary from which to consult, and he is never one to shy away from his true feelings and bold opinions.
Prior to Tottenham’s clash with Man City yesterday evening, Pochettino delivered his verdict on his current feeling about the state of the club and the direction in which it might be heading, with the implication that Tottenham’s stadium move has dictated their transfer strategy in recent times (via Independent)
“I don’t have the answer how we are going to act when we are going to move there,” said Pochettino. “It is easy to see in the last few years how we act in front of the market, how we act in front of everything and how the other teams were acting. That is the difference.
“Everything is not perfect but we are in a circumstance and a project that is completely different to another club, at the moment.
“But maybe when we arrive to the new stadium in the future, we will be in the same project, or we are going to act the same as other teams are acting like Liverpool, City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal.”
That Tottenham do not possess the financial resources to compete with their rivals in the transfer market is posing their greatest obstacle to silverware. Whilst Manchester City have twice exceeded £50 million for individual transfers in 2018, Tottenham have spent just £23 million on Lucas Moura.
But patience is the order of the day for Tottenham Hotspur supporters during an incredibly frustrating time for the club. Pochettino’s verdict that “we will be in the same project” following the long-awaited move into the new stadium hints that Daniel Levy has given him genuine assurances that the transfer kitty will not be empty as it was in the summer window; indeed, Spurs will finally be in a financial position to flex their muscles in the transfer market and match the ambition of their rivals.
It’s a reality which the supporters have dreamed about throughout 2018 and, once the stadium move has been completed and the underlying friction has been lifted from north London, those dreams might finally translate into reality.
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