Spurs lack fi­nan­cial might – Po­chet­tino

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT - - AFP

LON­DON: Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino ad­mit­ted that Spurs can­not com­pete with the two Manch­ester clubs, who are level on points at the top of the Pre­mier League, in the trans­fer mar­ket.

Po­chet­tino's side face strug­gling Bournemouth at Wem­b­ley on Saturday, hop­ing to close the five­point gap to lead­ers Manch­ester City and sec­ond-placed Manch­ester United.

The top two both spent heav­ily dur­ing the re­cent trans­fer win­dow and Po­chet­tino con­cedes the fi­nan­cial strength of City and United means teams like Tot­ten­ham are forced to adopt a dif­fer­ent strat­egy in the mar­ket as they at­tempt to keep pace.

The Ar­gen­tinian told beIN Sports: "The dif­fer­ence th­ese days be­tween clubs in the Pre­mier League is that there are clubs, like City and United, who sign who they want and when they want.

"Then there are big teams, like us, who sign when we can and who we can. It's the big dif­fer­ence to­day."

Tot­ten­ham headed into the in­ter­na­tional break hav­ing main­tained their per­fect league record on the road with a win at Hud­der­s­field Town.

At their tem­po­rary home of Wem­b­ley, how­ever, Po­chet­tino's men have con­tin­ued to strug­gle, claim­ing just two points from their three home games in the Pre­mier League so far.

Any­thing less than vic­tory over a Bournemouth side cur­rently ly­ing sec­ond-bot­tom will be viewed as a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment.

Po­chet­tino will be hop­ing Harry Kane can ex­tend his pro­lific scor­ing run. The striker - nom­i­nated for the Bal­lon d'Or this week - has scored 15 goals in his last ten games for club and coun­try, in­clud­ing the win­ning goals in Eng­land's back-to-back 1-0 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing vic­to­ries over Slove­nia and Lithua­nia last week.

Kane was joined on Eng­land duty by club team-mate Harry Winks, who will hope the ex­pe­ri­ence of his first in­ter­na­tional call-up can help boost his chances of more reg­u­lar ac­tion for his club.

And de­fender Jan Ver­tonghen re­turns to club duty hav­ing be­come the most-capped Bel­gium player of all time when he made his 97th ap­pear­ance in the 4-0 de­feat of Cyprus.

Mousa Dem­bele, Ver­tonghen's team-mate for club and coun­try, said: "If you look at him when he ar­rived at Spurs he was do­ing well but if you com­pare it to now, ob­vi­ously he's played a lot of games in the Pre­mier League and this trans­lates to play­ing in the na­tional team as well.

"It's an un­be­liev­able achieve­ment. If you see all the times he's played for Bel­gium, I can't re­mem­ber him hav­ing a bad game."

Bournemouth man­ager Ed­die Howe be­lieved his side de­served more than a point from the score­less draw with Le­ices­ter City last time out.

The Cher­ries paid the price for their fail­ure to make more of a num­ber of chances and the sight of Cal­lum Wil­son scor­ing twice for the club's un­der-21 side this week will have been wel­comed by Howe.

Wil­son is re­cov­er­ing from a longterm knee in­jury and while he is still some way off a first-team re­turn, the striker is con­fi­dent his re­cov­ery is go­ing to plan.

AFP photo

Manch­ester United's Portuguese man­ager Jose Mour­inho pre­pares for the start of the English Pre­mier League foot­ball match be­tween Manch­ester City and Manch­ester United at the Eti­had Sta­dium in Manch­ester, north west Eng­land, on April 27, 2017.—

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