Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio
Pochettino believes Spurs have made an excellent start to their season,
especially considering their off-field distractions.
The north London outfit have had to endure
a delay in the completion of their new stadium and didn't spend anything in the
transfer market as they aim to balance the books after building the new ground.
Pochettino's charges are fifth in the
Premier League standings, after beating Cardiff City 1-0 on Saturday, and only
trail leaders Manchester City by two points.
Nonetheless, some have suggested that Spurs
need to start winning trophies to show they are progressing as a club, but
Pochettino insists that is not the case.
"It's a strange feeling," said
the Argentine tactician. "I think people always expect that when you have
a good season and expect the next season to be better, and the season after
better and better. But I think the problem is that we have improved a lot in
the last year.
"To take us to the next step, we have
to finish the training ground and the stadium. And people talk too much about
Tottenham, [saying] 'Tottenham must win titles to improve', but that's not
"We need to finish our stadium,
training ground and provide the team and the fans to feel home and happy and
then invest in the team and work hard. That's not an excuse.
"We take our decision to think about
football and the club, too, while our contenders only think about football and
try and improve the team only to win. And that's a massive difference between
us and the rest of the contenders.
"We can win a title but it's not
compulsory to win a title, that's the difference. [It is] compulsory to the
team that has spent a lot of money but it's not the case for us.
"With our circumstances, I think we
need to party!"