Between The Lines: Pochettino admits Spurs are a level below Manchester City

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted in his post-Manchester City press conference that his team were still a level below Pep Guardiola’s side, and after his recent comments about being unhappy with his team’s start it surely will not be long before there is change afoot at the North London club.

What did he say?

“We cannot compare ourselves with Manchester City, we are a different level… They won the Premier League last season. It is a team that is focusing on trying to win titles, we are focusing on different things – only to win games.

“The gap is not big but we need to respect the gap, we have still not achieved the level of Manchester City.”

What did he really mean?

Before the 1-0 loss to City, Pochettino claimed that this season was the worst he had felt during his time in charge of Tottenham. This could certainly have had something to do with the complete lack of transfer activity during the summer.

This is in huge contrast to the investment made by Manchester City over the last few years, with record-signing Riyad Mahrez scoring the winning goal on Monday. Pochettino referring to the gap between the two clubs then could certainly be a call to Daniel Levy to get his chequebook out if he wants the club to be challenging for a trophy.

Fed up

Tottenham will also have to be wary that Pochettino does not get fed up, as the club looks to be standing still after all the progress the Argentine boss has made since his appointment in 2014.

As City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and even Arsenal continue to spend big, Pochettino could certainly feel as though he has to leave in order to find a club who will truly back him in the transfer market as well as allowing him to develop talented youngsters as he does so well.

As Real Madrid search for a new long-term manager following the temporary appointment of Santiago Solari, Spurs must back their boss and attempt to close that gap on City, or they could risk him jumping ship to Spain before the season is out.