Poch hoping for squad investment
Tottenham need to start investing in their squad now the new stadium has been completed, Mauricio Pochettino has suggested.
In the shape of their impeccable new 62,062-seater home and their superb training ground, Spurs' infrastructure is among the best in Europe, but that is not matched by their investment in their playing squad.
While they have had a £1billion stadium to pay for, they have gone through the last two transfer windows without making a signing and their wage bill is nothing like their other top-four rivals.
On the eve of Spurs' return home, Pochettino delivered a message for chairman Daniel Levy that echoed the one he made at the end of last season, when he told the club to be "brave and take risks".
"If we want to challenge the big clubs in Europe because now it looks like when you arrive at the stadium it looks like a big club," Pochettino said.
"Before you could say, 'Yeah, but the stadium only holds 36,000. But now, when you arrive here there is no point in thinking like a small club.
"You must think like a big club, to be close to the big clubs, the way that the big clubs think.
"If you want to compare to Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus or Real Madrid, you can't think you are Tottenham with 36,000.
"We need to think like a big club and that is the most important step that we need to make.
"Of course, you say to me, 'With you? Without you?', I don't know. That is about Daniel. But I think my responsibility, like it was five years ago, is to tell the club, 'Now, we've finished the new stadium, we are going to think like a big club. What does it mean to think like a big club?'
"That is what we have to discuss about the project. It's normal, isn't it? Nothing wrong, it's just describing the situation in terms of what has happened."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.