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Tottenham can compete with Man City for next year's Premier League title

Tottenham can compete with Man City for next year's Premier League title
From ESPN - April 16, 2018

LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino has said it is not impossible for Tottenham to beat Manchester City to next season's Premier League title, but he admitted they will have to work harder and with 'different tools' to the new champions.

City were crowned champions on Sunday after Manchester United's shock defeat to West Brom and Pochettino has already begun plotting how to win next year's title. He said a fast start was key, but conceded that without vast sums of money or a golden generation of young players, Spurs were at a considerable disadvantage.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has now won seven league titles in three countries, but at Barcelona he was aided by a remarkable academy influx including Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, while he has spent nearly 450 million in two years at the Etihad.

After congratulating Guardiola and City, Pochettino said: "It is not impossible to beat them [to the title] -- we need to start the season better -- but of course it is difficult.

"It's not all about money in football but it helps. It helps a lot. It's like happiness. It's not that if you are a billionaire you are going to be happy, but sure that helps a lot. In football it's the same. You can work unbelievably, you can have these ideas on football as a coach. But then you need the principal actors to deliver this idea and of course if you have better players, you have better quality.

"If you want a bigger house you need to pay what the market says. If you want five rooms, you need to have the money to pay for five rooms. If you want two or one, you need less money, but then the quality is completely different. In football it's the same.

"Or you have a spontaneous generation like at Barcelona with Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, [Gerard] Pique, [Cesc] Fabregas, [Carles] Puyol. Or like '92 generation at Manchester United. That is not about money; that is a spontaneous generation that makes your team unbelievable.

"But in football it is to be clear about who you are and then try to maximise your tools. Tottenham, for us, is about being brave, to believe, to work hard -- harder than the other teams that people consider are on our level.

"In reality, you put Tottenham on the same level as the top four or top six because the last few years we have been there. But many years ago it was sixth, seventh or eighth [in the league]. And the day we signed here the challenge was to reduce the gap. Now we are there, but for the most important is we are there with a completely different way and tools to Manchester City or Manchester United."

The gap to City stands at 20 points with five games to play following Spurs' 3-1 defeat to Guardiola's side at Wembley Stadium, their temporary home for the season, on Saturday.

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