For it was Arsenal all those years ago who found, as they attempted to sprint towards success and silverware, the weight of paying off a new stadium chained to their ankles and dragging in the dirt.
Now it’s Tottenham who have a new home. After nearly two years in exile at Wembley, Spurs opened the doors and stepped into their new ground in April.
Mauricio Pochettino has admitted the club’s new stadium has restricted rebuilding efforts
Pochettino was still able to break the club’s transfer record to sign Tanguy Ndombele
Tottenham also spent £55 million on Real Betis winger Giovani Lo Celso on deadline day
It is without doubt one of the best, biggest, brightest, bells-and-whistles stadiums in the world. But it is also one of the most expensive at a cost of £1billion. Tottenham have been left with a debt of more than £600m.
And with Spurs having won just one of their first three Premier League fixtures, Pochettino admits he is starting to feel the squeeze.
‘Different clubs they ask the bank for £600m to invest in the team. Like Barcelona, or like different clubs. They create a debt signing players and putting the debt on the pitch, trying to win. We are different.
Spurs reached the Champions League final despite not buying anyone for two windows
‘We need to create the legacy for the future. In this period, we are suffering the restrictions, but it’s normal. The restrictions, okay, we need to work hard to find a way to compete in this very tough league, in a different way to our rivals.
‘We all cry,’ he adds when asked if £600m is enough to make some people weep. ‘Only people like Daniel (Levy, Spurs chairman) can manage this kind of situation. Daniel and the board are capable to create this type of situation and to provide the team, to provide us and the fans, this massive project to feel that we are a big club.’
Levy reassured fans that it would not hold them back in the transfer market. Tottenham did break their transfer record this summer to sign Tanguy Ndombele for £55m in a window where they spent £100m, having gone two without a single purchase.
Even without it, Pochettino still led them to the Champions League final and once again finished in the top four. Wenger did not achieve the former but the latter was a peg on which he hung his coat, hat and cane. Still, though, Pochettino resists the comparisons by giving comparisons of his own.
‘The mistake always is to compare clubs with other clubs because the circumstances are always different,’ said Pochettino. ‘And only people know inside what is going on. Arsenal in the last two years signed Aubameyang, the best striker in Germany, Lacazette, the best striker in France, and one year after, Pepe.
‘If you see us in five years, we didn’t sign one striker and now our main striker is Harry Kane, but our second specific striker is 17 years old, Troy Parrot. That is the difference in the projects.
‘I don’t want to say one is wrong and another is good. It’s only that the way we operate is completely different. Afterwards, we need to compete. Mercedes compete with Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull… After, we compete in the same race and if you judge, the judgements needs not only to be the race but the whole process.’
Pochettino says Spurs cannot compete with clubs like Liverpool in terms of spending power
One win and a defeat to Newcastle naturally leaves some quick to judge. And Pochettino believes that is also due to being a victim of their own success last season.
‘The problem we had is we were so good in our results and performances, that we didn’t start in the way we’d expect or people would expect, and that led to, ‘Big problem’ and ‘Pochettino is going to walk away’, and this type of situation that someone with no common sense created.’
The Argentine has been at Spurs for five seasons now, the point at which Sir Alex Ferguson would say a club needs to re-energise.
‘You need to listen to people like Ferguson, but you need to analyse the circumstances of the club,’ reiterated Pochettino. ‘The circumstances for sure at Manchester United and Tottenham today are completely different . You only need to listen to Daniel. You know very well that the debt of the club is £600m with the banks. For sure when you are delivering a project that Tottenham have been delivering in the last five years or the last 20 years you cannot compare that with another club like Manchester United.
Christian Eriksen could leave the club but Pochettino says fans must trust his decisions
‘When you compare the team with another like Manchester City. If you do an exercise to see Liverpool, when Klopp arrived in October 2015, more than one year after me, when we played here, it was 0-0, not one in the starting XI is there in the starting XI today. If you compare with us, we have eight or nine players still in the starting XI. Look at the difference.’
Pochettino urged fans to trust him. Trust him with his team selections and trust him with what he does with Christian Eriksen, who has started just once this season due to distractions over his future.
Eriksen has wanted to leave this summer, with Real Madrid and Barcelona his intended destinations, but there has been no firm interest and Pochettino said that had the 27-year-old not left by yesterday, he would not be going at all.
Nothing did happen yesterday. So now what? Does Eriksen come back in? ‘That’s my judgement, with my staff. You need to be right. People need to trust. If we make the decision that he’s going to play it’s because we believe he can perform in the way that we expect or we need him to perform.
‘People will say, why are you playing Christian? The team-mates can say, why are you playing Christian if the rumour is he’s going to leave? Gaffer, why am I not playing when Christian wants to leave, is looking to go away?
‘In this situation, there are plenty of things that happen inside that I cannot translate to you and you to our fans. The only way of working hard and being all together is trusting in us, in our decision, in our judgement.’
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