Big mistake closing the window in early English: Pochettino
LONDON: manager of Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino he says Premier league He made a big mistake by continuing to close the transfer window before his European counterparts.
The best flying clubs in England can no longer sign new players after the deadline that passed on Thursday, but those in Italy, Spain, Germany and France can still strengthen their squadrons.
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and defender Toby Alderweireld have only one year of contract and Eriksen in particular is on the Real Madrid radar.
If a considerable offer arrives before the league The window closes and the influential Danish could leave, leaving Pochettino with a hole in his squad that cannot be filled until January.
I am more than happy with my squad after we closed the window in England, Pochettino told reporters on Friday, whose sixth season in charge begins on Saturday at Aston Villa's house.
"But, of course we are at a disadvantage to the European clubs because they have 20 days more to operate and that's a big mistake by the Premier league to allow that.
At one time it was good because you are going to start the season (knowing your team), but we have opened the door to clubs in Europe to try to create confusion on your team.
"I think after two seasons operating in this way I think the Premier league should think if Europe doesn't change we must go back to operate in the same way that they operate."
Pochettino said it is especially relevant for English clubs competing in the Champions League and the Europa League.
"The Premier league cannot give this advantage to the European clubs," the Argentine said. "It's different if you are not competing with them in Europe. But if you're competing with the European clubs I think they have made a big mistake."
The transfer windows in Spain, Germany and France close on September 2 and Italy closes theirs on August 18.
After not signing last season, Tottenham returned to the market before the new campaign with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele signing from Lyon for 55 million pounds ($ 66.42 million) in July. Ryan Sessegnon joined Thursday from Fulham for 25 million and Giovani Lo Celso borrowed from Real Betis the same day.
With Tottenham also starting the campaign in his new 62,000-seat stadium, there is optimism that the club, which finished fourth last year, can press and try to close the gap with Manchester City and Liverpool.
In each season our opponents were adding quality and, of course, for us, in the last three seasons when we didn't invest too much, so adding new faces always motivates and adds spark to our team, said Pochettino.
Create excitement in the club, in the fans. We will start the season in the new stadium, so there are many positive aspects. But we have to be ready for another exciting season.