Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident that his North London side can challenge Premier League Champions Manchester City despite their spending power.
Spurs are on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League for a third successive season and could go a long way to booking their place in the top four with victory
over Brighton on Tuesday night. If they do get the job done over the next couple of weeks it will represent a huge success given the difference in financial outlay with their rivals and the fact they have played this season at Wembley.
While Manchester City have
run away with the Premier League this season – being crowned champions for a third time in seven years on Sunday – a second-placed finish is not out of Spurs’ reach. The two Manchester clubs have spent big over recent years and Pochettino knows money makes a difference.
Pochettino according to Teamtalk said: “In football
it’s about this, it is to be clear who you are and then to try to maximise your potential.
“At Tottenham for us
it is to be brave, to believe, to work hard, to work harder than other clubs that the people consider are at our level.
“But in reality
you are comparing Tottenham with who? You are putting at which level, yes you put in the top four or the top six because in the last three years we were there.
“But many, many years ago, it was sixth, seventh, eighth and I remember that the day we signed here the challenge was to reduce the gap.
“Now we are there but I think for me the most important thing is that we are there with a completely different way, or different tools of course, to teams like City or Manchester United.”