Mauricio Pochettino hints at Tottenham Hotspur exit

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Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham will need to spend more on their squad if they want to win silverware.

Eden Hazard does not want any crowd trouble in the Carabao Cup semi finals. "Tottenham is tough and we have to see where we are after that".

Spurs made no signings in the summer, becoming the first Premier League club to do so since the current transfer window system was adopted in 2003.

The backdrop to that, though, was the club's move to the Emirates Stadium, which significantly cut their spending power and Spurs are set to enter a similar situation as costs for their new stadium have escalated to over £1billion.

"In the moment the club communicate with me about something then we'll communicate with you if something happens".

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"At the moment we operate in the same way as we operated in five years ago when we arrived". One team will win, one will lose, but try to act with fair play.

The boss, whose side take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday, said: "Of course now after almost five years the club is on another level than five years ago, but how we operate in four or five years didn't change".

"The most important thing is I accepted the challenge when Daniel Levy called me to offer me a contract", Pochettino said.

"Today I'm so focused here and want to help the club to achieve what the club wants, and to be in the history because we're helping the club to finish all the facilities, and maybe we can win in that way". Only I hope, if I have one day the opportunity to talk with him, to ask, 'Was it worth it to do?' I don't know what he would say. Yes (we do), but we are in advance.

With it looking increasingly unlikely that he will sign a new deal with the club, Spurs could look to accelerate his departure this month in order to receive a transfer fee for him.

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Pochettino believes his players need to adopt a strong mental toughness to add to their fluent passing football.

Alli added: "I think seeing him every day in training, playing with him in games, you can see the quality he has".

They are in third place in the league, six points behind leaders Liverpool, and host Manchester United on Sunday. We are doing well, so win, win, win, win. I don't know if it's with us or without, in one year or in five years.

"I don't think the manager needed to say too much after that, to be honest, as players we were disappointed", he said.

"It is about to build the new stadium. that it is a project that is going to be a massive legacy for the club, for the fans, for the players in the future, for the new coaching staff, manager".

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