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Spurs must spend insists Poch


Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side "have to operate in a different way" if they are to ever win the Premier League.

Pochettino has turned Spurs into title contenders over the last few seasons but has barely spent any money in comparison to other clubs at the top of the English game.

Spurs did not sign anyone in the summer transfer window and Pochettino says he does not expect to do any business this month either.

The Argentinian, who has been linked with the Manchester United job, does not believe it is sustainable for Spurs to keep challenging the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool unless they change their philosophy.

The boss, whose side take on Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final first leg tonight said: "Of course now after nearly five years the club is on another level than five years ago, but how we operate in four or five years didn't change.

"That is the point when sometimes people talk about winning titles. One thing is to reduce the gap with the top four, to be competitive, to create a team capable of fighting with the big sides.

"But if we want to win titles we need to operate in a different way. At the moment we operate in the same way as we operated in five years ago, when we arrived.

"Of course, maybe we can win some titles but it's going to be a tough job because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot.

"The other day I saw a stat that in the last 10 years in England and in Europe how the teams were spending money, and I think we were on the bottom, in England and Europe.

"Of course we're doing a fantastic job but if we want to be real contenders we need to operate in a different way."

Pochettino was employed by Daniel Levy in 2014 and given the brief of making Spurs into a top-four side by the time they moved into the new stadium.

He is well in front of his timescale and he says the club are in an "amazing position" even if they do not have any silverware to show for it.