'We cannot lie' – Pochettino makes revelation on Tottenham transfer ambitions, Spurs fans will fume
By Matt Farr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed his side still cannot compete with their rivals in the transfer market.
The north London club have guaranteed a second-placed finish in the Premier League this season with two matches to spare, ensuring qualification for the Champions League for the second successive season.
Pochettino’s side were also still in the running for the Premier League title, only for a 1-0 defeat to West Ham earlier this month to end their dream.
However, Tottenham have been one of the most formidable sides in England’s top tier this season, and Pochettino will be looking for ways to further improve his squad ahead of another title bid next term.
But the Argentine has made a shock admission about the club’s transfers ahead of a potential busy summer of spending, claiming that Tottenham will not be able to compete with their rivals financially.
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When asked if Tottenham would avoid entering into bidding wars against their mega-rich Premier League rivals this summer, Pochettino said, as quoted by FourFourTwo: “Of course. You know better than me it is so difficult.
“We talk about ‘if Tottenham are in the Champions League, it will be more attractive.’ But then it’s all about if you pay or not when we talk about top players.
“We have unbelievable facilities, but if some club is paying double the salary, then how can you convince them? We cannot lie to you. That is the reality.”
Pochettino’s revelation will likely leave Tottenham fans fuming, with the majority of supporters expecting the club to compete for the signatures of some of Europe’s top talent this season.
In particular, they will be expecting the club to acquire talent with experience in Europe to aid their Champions League bid, having struggled to compete in the competition this season.
Tottenham have come close to winning silverware in the last two seasons, having narrowly missed out on the Premier League title and reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup this term.
But despite the abundance in quality from the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, Tottenham are still one or two top quality players short of overcoming that final hurdle.
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