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Sport It is not impossible to beat City - Pochettino plots Tottenham's title push for next season

10:25  17 april  2018
10:25  17 april  2018 Source:   goal.com

Alderweireld absence nothing personal, says Pochettino

  Alderweireld absence nothing personal, says Pochettino Toby Alderweireld's uncertain future has no bearing on his non-selection for Spurs, according to Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the ongoing omission of Toby Alderweireld has nothing to do with the defender's contract situation.

Guardiola_Pochettino_cropped: Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino shake hands © Provided by Goal Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino shake hands

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, despite not being able to compete financially with the new champions.

Pep Guardiola's squad were crowned on Sunday without kicking a ball, as nearest rivals Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home loss to bottom club West Brom.

City were rewarded after spending big following a trophyless first season under the Spaniard, including signing full-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham in a deal reportedly worth up to £50million.

Pochettino: Man Utd-linked Alderweireld not being left out due to contract issues

  Pochettino: Man Utd-linked Alderweireld not being left out due to contract issues The Belgium international defender's uncertain future has no bearing on his non-selection for Tottenham, according to his manager in north LondonTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the ongoing omission of Toby Alderweireld has nothing to do with the defender's contract situation.

Pochettino acknowledges Spurs cannot flex their financial muscles in the same way as City or United, yet he believes a "brave" approach - along with a willingness to work harder than the other top teams in England - is enough to make them serious contenders.

And, while his side still have some work to do this season to secure a top-four finish, the Argentine coach is already thinking ahead to how they can close the gap in the 2018-19 campaign.

"It is not impossible to beat them - we need to start the season better - but of course it is difficult,” Pochettino told the media.

"It's not all about money in football but it helps. It helps a lot. It's like happiness. 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.

Sloppy start against City frustrates Spurs boss Pochettino

  Sloppy start against City frustrates Spurs boss Pochettino Tottenham's response to going 2-0 down versus Man City pleased Mauricio Pochettino, who conceded a poor start left them with too much to do.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino blamed a lacklustre opening for their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

"You can work unbelievably, you can have these ideas on football as a coach. But then you need the principal actors to deliver this idea and of course if you have better players, you have better quality.

"If you want a bigger house you need to pay what the market says. If you want five rooms, you need to have the money to pay for five rooms. If you want two or one, you need less money, but then the quality is completely different. In football it's the same.

Sloppy Spurs frustrate Pochettino as Man City prove too slick

  Sloppy Spurs frustrate Pochettino as Man City prove too slick Tottenham's response to going 2-0 down pleased their manager, but the Argentine coach concedes a poor start left his team with too much to doTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino blamed a lacklustre opening for their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

"Or you have a spontaneous generation like at Barcelona with Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, [Gerard] Pique, [Cesc] Fabregas, [Carles] Puyol. Or like '92 generation at Manchester United. That is not about money - that is a spontaneous generation that makes your team unbelievable.

"But in football it is to be clear about who you are and then try to maximise your tools. Tottenham, for us, is about being brave, to believe, to work hard, harder than the other teams that people consider are on our level.

"In reality, you put Tottenham on the same level as the top four or top six because the last few years we have been there. But many years ago it was sixth, seventh or eighth [in the league].

"The day we signed here the challenge was to reduce the gap. Now we are there, but the most important thing is we are there with a completely different way and tools to Manchester City or Manchester United."

I may play the kids in the FA Cup next season, reveals bemused Pochettino .
Mauricio Pochettino may use a different approach in the FA Cup after becoming fed up with questions over Tottenham's lack of silverware.Mauricio Pochettino will consider fielding academy players in next season's FA Cup after becoming frustrated by the constant talk of Tottenham's failure to win a trophy.

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