Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino is of the belief that his team should not and cannot be compared to Manchester City.
His reason was due to the difference the two clubs had especially in the area of financial powers.
While Spurs spent barely £70m on new players during the transfer window last summer, City used almost £175 million on new players, more than times two of Spurs total spending.
While City’s lineup sports a number of star players, Tottenham on the other hand, has turned their eyes towards their academy. This is particularly as the club’s financial power is limited considering the new Spurs stadium being built.
“It’s difficult to compare Spurs and Man City,” Pochettino said. “You can see the budget, the salaries they pay and compare with Tottenham and it’s very clear. They compare with United, Liverpool. We are in a project here and for that, Spurs is different.
“Remember when I arrived, my first season here. Compare that with Guardiola — how much he spent and how much I spent. We are in a very different project. I don’t need to explain that.For us, it’s important to build. In two years we build a different philosophy, a different project and build a new stadium.
The managers of the two clubs, Guardiola, City’s boss and Pochettino, Spurs boss who are currently first and second on the league table, have known each other for quite a while from their time in Spain, both as players and as managers as well. While Guardiola was with Barcelona, Pochettino was with Espanyol.
In 2009 at Camp Nou, the Pochettino led Espanyol team rode home to a superb victory over Barcelona thereby ending the Catalan giants six-month unbeaten run. Guardiola, on the other hand, has in an overall nine coaching encounters, come out tops in five.
Pictures of the new Spurs stadium being built has emerged and speculations are that Spurs are seeking a record breaking deal of about £400m-plus over naming rights.