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Sport Not impossible for Tottenham to challenge Man City, insists Pochettino

11:46  17 april  2018
11:46  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.

Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham © Provided by Goal Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham

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 £50 million.

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.

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.

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.

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"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.

Alderweireld has Tottenham future, insists Pochettino

  Alderweireld has Tottenham future, insists Pochettino The Belgium international's prospects of game time before the World Cup have been given a boost by his managerToby Alderweireld still has a future at Tottenham despite falling out of favour this season, says manager Mauricio Pochettino.

"Or you have a spontaneous generation like at Barcelona with Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel 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."

Premier League or Champions League title will take Spurs to 'different level' – Pochettino .
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino played down the importance of the FA Cup ahead of Saturday's semi-final against Manchester United.Mauricio Pochettino insisted only winning the Premier League or the Champions League will take Tottenham to a "different level", not the FA Cup ahead of their semi-final showdown with Manchester United.

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