Ahead of Sunday’s encounter with rivals Arsenal, manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed why it is hard for Tottenham to compete financially with top clubs in the premiership.
Unlike Arsenal who spent about 80 million pounds bringing in Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi, Tottenham had to sell the likes of Ryan Mason, Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard to fund the purchase of Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen and Pochettino has revealed that due to the new stadium built, Spurs will find it hard to compete financially.
According to express.co.uk he said “Today the project is completely different to Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. Sometimes it is difficult to speak about that because you or our fans can take it in a bad way, a negative way.
But I think we need to take it in a positive way. We know we are building a new stadium and you know what can happen when you spend a lot of money. But we are in a different process, maybe when we finish the stadium we must change the project and maybe it is a moment to sign a player and spend a lot of money.” I think we are expecting to finish in one year and a half the new stadium and we start to compete with different tools and resources.”
Tottenham go into the North London derby on a poor run of playing six matches without a victory. Many believe that the situation is largely due to the absence of Harry Kane who is now available after being out injured and could play a part in the match but Pochettino thinks otherwise.
“We were talking before about Dele Alli who has maybe dropped a little bit and is not scoring in the same way that he did last season – maybe in the last month he has been ill, he has had a cold and had problems,” Pochettino said. Maybe we have some injured players that we can’t rotate and maybe some players are tired. That happens sometimes in football. Mixed together, maybe we have dropped our performance. But in my opinion there are many things that happen sometimes in football that are too difficult to explain.”