Pochettino shuts down claims of him not valuing trophies in a passionate rant
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Pochettino shuts down claims of him not valuing trophies in a passionate rant

The Tottenham boss held his usual pre-match press conference at Hotspur Way on Friday ahead of their visit from Newcastle United. 

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Mauricio Pochettino showed his feisty side in Tottenham Hotspur's pre-match press conference after a journalist asked if he was happy not to have signed any players. 

Spurs host Newcastle United on Saturday in the weekend's early kick-off. 

Both sides enter the game on the back of positive midweek results but both have shown a habit of trailing at half-time. 

"Let me be clear"

Spurs became the only side in Premier League history not to have signed a player throughout the course of a whole season. 

When asked whether he was happy about this statistic, Pochettino sharply responded: 

"You need to improve, if we can’t add I am not going to be sad, I am going to be happy to work with my players and young players and I am so positive that we can win without or with a signing.

"I want to win for my CV, I want to win for my fans, for my players, for my family too," he said.

The Lilywhites endured a torrid time last week after finding themselves dumped out of both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup

"People get a bad feeling, not any manager or player, you know why players arrive in the first team? Because they are so competitive and want to win.

"I am in football because I want to play good football and not win? No.

"We want to touch glory, what we want is touch glory, we aren’t here for business or because we want to win money, we start our careers because we want to touch glory," the Argentine added. 

Spurs must be wary

Rafa Benitez's men pulled off the shock result of all the midweek fixtures after coming back from a one-goal deficit to beat Manchester City 2-1. 

Pochettino told the media his side are expecting a tough game:

"I think that is why the Premier League is the best, it's the most competitive because of the schedules and the fixtures.

"We play Thursday in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea, Sunday at Crystal Palace, Watford played Saturday so we had one less day and now we will play a team that signed players in the window and had one day more," Poch said. 

Tottenham beat the Magpies in their first game of the season to see themselves off to the perfect start. 

"That reduces or put us more in the same level like what happened with City.

"That’s why people appreciate a lot the Premier League, the Premier League is the most competitive and so difficult to win and achieve top four.

"It’s so competitive and is the toughest in the world," the 46-year-old added. 

Kane working hard

Harry Kane released a video via his social media accounts on Thursday showing the striker back up and running. 

However, Pochettino could not confirm whether the 25-year-old was ahead of schedule:

"I cannot tell you if he is ahead of schedule or not. We assess him day by day but he shows on social media a video that looks very strong and very fit and very well."

Kane suffered ankle ligament damage against Manchester United in January.

"He’s running and doing some exercise so I think you know very well that he’s very strong and is a guy that puts 200% to try be back as soon as possible.

"His determination is to try recover as soon as possible and be available as soon as possible.

"We’ll see, we need to assess day by day week by week, but we are happy," Pochettino finalised.