Poch says money mus­cle gives City edge

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD FAY sport@men-news.co.uk @RichFay

TOT­TEN­HAM Hot­spur man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino claims City have a clear ad­van­tage over their Premier League ri­vals.

Pep Guardi­ola’s side are top of the Premier League – and the Spurs boss be­lieves their un­beaten start to the sea­son is partly down to their un­ri­valled dom­i­nance in the trans­fer mar­ket.

City spent over £200m in the sum­mer win­dow as they looked to im­prove their over­all squad depth – in­clud­ing a re­ported £53m fee to sign de­fender Kyle Walker from Po­chet­tino.

In com­par­i­son Spurs parted with roughly £80m as they looked to bol­ster their ti­tle hopes after fin­ish­ing run­ners-up last sea­son.

Although Tot­ten­ham’s ex­pen­di­ture was far less than City’s, it is worth con­sid­er­ing they did spend big to se­cure new long-term deals for key play­ers in­clud­ing in-form striker Harry Kane, Chris­tian Erik­sen and Dele Alli.

While the for­mer Ar­gen­tine in­ter­na­tional is very happy with the squad he has as­sem­bled at Tot­ten­ham, he still thinks City’s su­pe­rior fi­nances have given them an ad­van­tage over the ma­jor­ity of their do­mes­tic op­po­nents in the Premier League.

“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,’ Po­chet­tino said.

“Then there are big teams, like us, who sign when we can and who we can.

“It’s the big dif­fer­ence to­day.”

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