LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at the stadium prior to the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on January 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes it’s only a matter of time before they reach the level of clubs like Real Madrid.

The Argentinian has transformed Spurs into regular top-four finishes in the Premier League and has done well in the Champions League across recent seasons.

Despite a lack of signings over the past two transfer windows, Spurs sit in a solid third in the league table and have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League this term.

However, with their new stadium and facilities being built, Pochettino is feeling optimistic over Spurs’ future and described in detail just how close they are to matching Real Madrid ambition-wise.

“We are so close. We need to try to keep working,” said Pochettino, according to Sky Sports.

“The fans who are not happy are going to appreciate the job that everyone is doing at this football club in the future.

“Patience is difficult in football, like in life. We see something and we want it straight away.

“Football is about building, believing and working hard to develop the project. It’s easy to destroy but so difficult to build.

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“To build the new stadium the club is working for 18 years and to destroy the old White Hart Lane was easy: it took one afternoon.”

He added: “If you are in Real Madrid, you are only thinking about winning trophies.

“In Tottenham, when we arrived here it was a completely different challenge and to build that philosophy is tough.

“The bigger picture is that we are going to have an amazing stadium, one of the best in the world.

“If you want to be one of the best teams in the world you need one of the best stadiums in the world, the best facilities to work in, the best training ground – we have one of the best training grounds.

“It is an unbelievable effort to build all that. And in the moment you get all this ready, that can no longer be an excuse.”

Spurs, who currently play their home games at Wembley, will host Watford in a Premier League match on Wednesday night.