Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that he is happy with his current squad, despite no signings
Unlike their main rivals, Spurs are yet to make a single signing ahead of today’s transfer deadline at 5 pm (BST time).
But the club does have a group of players that have managed to secure top three finishes in the Premier League for the past three seasons and Pochettino believes that he has every reason to be pleased with what he has.
“I am happy to keep all the squad together,” said Pochettino on Sky Sports.
“There were many rumours during the summer, about players out.
“The club made a massive effort to try and extend contracts of Harry Kane, just one example.
“The club is trying to finish the (new) stadium as soon as possible.
“It is difficult to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn’t sign or didn’t sell players – but sometimes in football, you need to behave differently.
“We are happy with our squad and we cannot improve our squad. It is better to keep our squad all together, we believe a lot in our players.
“(There is) no point to say we will not repeat a season like last year or the season before with more experience, with players who compete at the high level of the World Cup.
“We have the captain of the world champion (Hugo Lloris, with France). That is a fantastic experience, for him to translate to our team.
“Sure, we are going to be better, no doubt about that.”
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Many first-team players have now reported back to training after their respective campaigns at the World Cup.
Although the majority of them are not expected to play in Saturday’s Premier League opener at Newcastle, Pochettino has high expectations for his available options regardless.
“I am so happy at the way they come back to training on Monday,” he said.
“I am so proud, they were very focused and tried to arrive in a good condition.
“Some players will be fit to start the game, some will be fit to be on the bench.
“Maybe some players will stay here to reach the level, because maybe we don’t want to take risks.
“Newcastle of course in that period, has an advantage to us, in the preparation of the whole squad.
“But that is not a reason to complain. We are not a victim, we need to adapt ourselves to the situation, and I am sure we will be competitive.”