Sunday 24 June 2018

Brazil BRA 2

Costa Rica CRI 0

REPORT

Nigeria NGA 2

Iceland ISL 0

REPORT

Serbia SRB 1

Switzerland SUI 2

REPORT

Belgium BEL 5

Tunisia TUN 2

REPORT

South Korea KOR 1

Mexico MEX 2

REPORT

Germany GER 2

Sweden SWE 1

REPORT

England ENG

Panama PAN

Japan JPN

Senegal SEN

Poland POL

Colombia COL

Saudi Arabia SAU

Egypt EGY

Uruguay URY

Russia RUS

Spain ESP

Morocco MAR

Iran IRN

Portugal POR

Denmark DNK

France FRA

Australia AUS

Peru PER

Iceland ISL

Croatia CRO

Nigeria NGA

Argentina ARG

Mexico MEX

Sweden SWE

South Korea KOR

Germany GER

Switzerland SUI

Costa Rica CRI

Serbia SRB

Brazil BRA

Senegal SEN

Colombia COL

Japan JPN

Poland POL

Panama PAN

Tunisia TUN

England ENG

Belgium BEL

Pochettino targets early summer deals

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: REUTERS
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: REUTERS

Ian Baker

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has strongly hinted that his side are set to carry out their transfer business early this summer in a change to their usual routine of making signings late in the window.

The North London side believe they can get some bargains if they can bring in players before the World Cup in Russia gets underway on June 14.

Now chief scout Steve Hitchen is working on providing chairman Daniel Levy with a list of names as Spurs look into bring fresh talent in order to keep with title winners Manchester City next season.

"We are working with Steve," said Pochettino. "The World Cup only can confirm your idea about a player.

"It is so dangerous to go and scout players in the World Cup because if a player is good, how after are you going to sign him?

"Sometimes you need to anticipate and say 'OK this player can be good for us' and then he goes to the World Cup. But you need to sign before the tournament starts because he is doing well and then you will have a lot of competition if they are good.

"We are thinking and trying to anticipate because it will be difficult if not at the World Cup."

Tottenham may be all but guaranteed fourth place ahead of tonight's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion but it has been a season where they have not always lived up to Pochettino's high standards.

Now the Argentinian wants them to learn from their mistakes early on in their time at Wembley Stadium by enjoying a successful start to life at the new White Hart Lane although he does have concerns with the first few away fixtures of 2018-19 expected to be away from home due to the delay in building work.

The biggest problem is reducing the gap to City, a side who beat them easily at Wembley 3-1 on Saturday night on their way to securing the title a day later.

"Of course it is difficult to compete with City," Pochettino said. "It is not easy. It's not all about money in football, that is true. But it helps a lot. It's not that if you're a billionaire you're going to be happy, but sure that helps a lot. In football it's the same.

"Sometimes there are many questions about how we reduce the gap and how we compete better or reach the level of Manchester City. It is impossible to answer that. But it is not impossible (to win the title next season). We need to start better."

Brighton v Tottenham, live, Sky Sports, 7.45

Independent News Service

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport