Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken a sly dig on his counter part Antonio Conte for buying their way to Premier League success after a £120 million spending spree in the summer.
The Blues were on transition after the sacking of Jose Mourinho last season and the newly appointed Antonio Conte has brought in a number of reinforcements for the season.
Conte has earlier suggested that Tottenham are favorites in title race because of their club’s low profile and Pochettino’s long stay as manager at the club. However, the Argentine has hit back saying that the Blues have bought their success and have highlighted the lack of young players in Chelsea squad.
‘I understand him. It’s difficult for him because he was always a manager who liked to work with and to develop young talent,’ said Pochettino prior to Chelsea’s title-clinching win over West Brom.
‘It’s difficult when you sign for a club like Chelsea and you have the pressure to win and you spend the money that they spent on David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, [Michy] Batshuayi and [N’Golo] Kante. I totally understand but I don’t know if I agree with him that it’s an advantage.
‘Then [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger should win the league every season because he is 20 years in charge, if that is the right way to measure our advantage.
‘I think it’s not fair to measure with me, as it is to measure with Wenger. Twenty years is a massive advantage. Why not win every season? It’s not a criticism [of Wenger]. It was not the best comment from him [Conte].’
Conte have identified few of the weak areas and have bought the likes of Michy Batshuayi as secondary striker to Costa, N’Golo Kante as a reinforcer in midfield from Leicester City. However, the Italian have decided to make big changes to his back line on the deadline day as Chelsea managed to pull off the deals for David Luiz from PSG and Marcos Alonso in the dying hours of the summer transfer window.
Kante, Luiz and Alonso played a massive role in Blues’ season while Batshuayi has ensured that Chelsea won the Premier League title after his solo goal against West Brom which saw Blues claim all three points and win the league on Friday night.