Conte ques­tions Spurs’ drive af­ter lack of spend­ing

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - Quoted as say­ing by the “If they don’t ar­rive in the Cham­pi­ons League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the first round of the Cham­pi­ons League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out af­ter the first game that they play in the Europa League, it’s not a t

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

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