Mauricio Pochettino is resigned to the prospect of losing Tottenham players as the European transfer window remains open.
Overall, it’s been a positive summer for Pochettino after making his first signings since January 2018. Spurs have signed a total of four players in Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke. Although the latter has returned to Leeds United on a season-long loan deal.
While the English transfer window has shut, however, Spurs are still vulnerable to player exits. Clubs from around Europe can still do their transfer business until September 2, and sign players from English teams.
This puts Pochettino’s side in a tight spot, with reports frequently linking star playmaker Christian Eriksen with an exit. The Dane, who has less than 12 months left on his contract, has allegedly captured interest from Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus.
Jan Vertonghen, on the other hand, is also facing an uncertain future in north London with his contract up at the end of the season as well.
However, Pochettino refused to allow this problem to excuse his Spurs team from being outplayed by Manchester City on Saturday.
The London club were thoroughly second-best to City throughout, but somehow managed to take a 2-2 draw. Helping them scrap a point, of course, came through VAR ruling out Gabriel Jesus’ late strike for the Premier League champions.
“I think it’s not an excuse. I am not complaining about the situation, only explaining it,” said manager Pochettino, according to Yahoo.
“Of course, we still need to wait to see what happens with our squad. Maybe some players are still in a situation where things can happen.
“We are not a closed squad where nobody is going to move. Maybe nobody will move. The circumstances are that things are still open.
“The market in Europe makes things difficult in the way that we work and this type of situation doesn’t help the coaching staff to create a good dynamic.
“Of course, we are going to start our sixth season at Tottenham and I think we’re world champions at adapting ourselves to different circumstances. It’s a great experience. We are going to be one of the best coaching staffs in the world at adapting to circumstances.
“Today when you play against a team like Manchester City, with all the circumstances we have inside our team, I think 2-2 and a point is massive.”