Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has responded to comments made by Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, after the Italian questioned Spurs ambitions and called Harry Kane a ‘dream signing.’
Spurs have had a quiet summer in the transfer market, leading to Conte questioning their ambitions during a preseason press conference.
“My question is this — what are Tottenham’s expectations?’’ Conte had asked. ‘If they don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy.
“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 and go down against Gent, it is not a tragedy.
‘If their ambitions are to win or fight for the title or try to win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players. Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple,” he added.
However, Spurs’ manager, Pochettino, has now come out to defend his side’s lack of activity in the transfer market, demanding ‘more respect’ from Conte.
“That makes me laugh, because I don’t know why people are so focused on our players and our club,” said Pochettino.
“At the moment, so far we know him best. Our ambition is not the same as a lot of clubs that sign and spend a lot of money. I respect every single philosophy and, for me, the most important thing is to show more respect.
“I like to show respect to another way and the people that behave in another way, only I expect the same from the people that compete with us.
Spurs have lost Kyle Walker to rivals Manchester City, and are yet to make any signings this summer, which has left fans of the club worried by their lack of activity.
However, Pochettino also took time to reassure fans of the club, saying that they need to remain calm as the club would eventually sign players.
We are calm but we have a very clear idea of who we want and what we need to do to achieve our target,” he added.
“I want to say to our fans don’t be worried, because today there are a lot of rumours around.
“We will move on the market, sure, and we will be competitive like last season, sure.”