Conte questions Spurs’ drive after lack of spending
LONDON: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has questioned the ambition of Premier League title rivals Tottenham Hotspur after a summer of inactivity in the transfer market.
Tottenham were champions Chelsea’s closest pursuers last season, finishing seven points behind, but have failed to strengthen with chairman Daniel Levy saying the transfer spending in the Premier League is “unsustainable”.
Tottenham’s only transfer activity was selling England right back Kyle Walker to Manchester City.
“If Spurs don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy,” Conte was Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple.
“My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?”
In marked contrast to Tottenham, the other clubs expected to fight for the championship title have been spending heavily.
Chelsea signed striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a club record fee reported to be £70-million and paid around £40m for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Manchester United bought Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a reported £75-million while Manchester City have splashed out in excess of £150m on the likes of Walker and Monaco duo Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva.
Conte said Tottenham still had a strong team “if they are able to keep all their players”.
Tottenham are in the process of building a new stadium at an estimated cost of £800-million and are planning to move into it for the start of the 2018-19 season.
They will play home matches this season at Wembley.
Meanwhile, Manchester City’s new signings will increase competition for firstteam places and motivate every player to give their 100 percent, defender Nicolas Otamendi has said.
After a trophyless campaign, City have splurged in the transfer window, signing six players including defenders Walker, Danilo and Mendy.
“It’s always positive when there’s this much competition,” Otamendi told reporters. “It doesn’t allow for any of the players to relax, you always have to give 100 percent.
“It makes it complicated to choose the starting XI but that’s why we need to have a strong pre-season.
“This season, obviously we’ve got good quality players and that’s always a great thing to have.
“The ultimate goal is to get titles. Unfortunately we