Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that there is a disparity between his side’s budget and that of Manchester City as both teams prepare for Saturday’s English Premier League clash.
The 57-year-old noted that it was easy for Manchester City and Liverpool to address weaknesses in their squad owing to their financial strength.
Tottenham occupy the eighth position in the league, four points adrift Champions League spot before their encounter against high-flying City side, who are unbeaten in their last 15 games.
“Pep [Guardiola] and Jurgen [Klopp] are, of course, two of the best coaches in the world and the Premier League. They are in two clubs that want to win everything, they want to win everything, and to win everything, you need to have top players in every position,” he said.
“A team is a puzzle, and that’s what they did and if Pep thought in a certain moment that he needed to spend that money in defenders, he did it, and Jurgen he felt the same with Van Dijk and then when Van Dijk was not enough because he was feeling another fragility, they got Alisson.
“You know, I think that’s a thing that the big clubs with incredible economical possibilities, they do it. Lucky them, good for them.”
He added: “When I came to the club, the club was very open and very honest with me. I’m not going now to try to compare my situation with other clubs because the club was very open with me.
“I knew that I was going to come to a different reality. A big club, no doubt about that, not one second, but a club with a different profile in terms of being or not being a candidate to win competition A or B, a club not being able to resolve problems with a cheque.
“The club made the possible efforts in the summer to improve the team and I’m not complaining about anything, I just do my work the best I can and that’s it.”
Mourinho witnessed the completion of four major transfers this summer, bringing in the likes of Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon and Joe Rodon this summer for roughly £64 million.
The club had also completed a deal to bring Gareth Bale back with the Welsh rejoining Spurs on loan from Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Bale has not to made an impact upon his return to the north London club, which recently forced his boss into aiming a dig at him, saying an Instagram post by the forward is “totally wrong” and that there was a “contradiction between the post and reality” after the forward posted that he had enjoyed a good training session.