Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has criticized Chelsea boss Antonio Conte over his comments building up to the league’s finish.
With Chelsea and Spurs in a two-man race for the league, Conte had claimed that Pochettino had the advantage because it was his third year in England, as opposed to Conte’s first.
The Blues sealed the league title with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Friday night, and Pochettino claims Chelsea won because of how much they spent, not any experience.
“I understand him. It’s difficult for him because he was always a manager who liked to work with and to develop young talent,” the Spurs boss said.
“It’s difficult when you sign for a club like Chelsea and you have the pressure to win and you spend the money that they spent on David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Batshuayi and [N’Golo] Kante. I totally understand but I don’t know if I agree with him that it’s an advantage.
“[Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger should win the league every season because he is 20 years in charge, if that is the right way to measure our advantage. I think it’s not fair to measure with me, as it is to measure with Wenger. Twenty years is a massive advantage. Why not win every season?
“It’s not a criticism [of Wenger]. It was not the best comment from him [Conte].”
“I am very sensitive person and so emotional, so it will be difficult not to cry,” Pochettino said. “I think for the fans it means a lot but in the same way – and I don’t want to be wrong – I think our fans are so excited to welcome the new stadium, too.
“That doesn’t mean they are happy it is the end of White Hart Lane, but that they are excited towards the progress. They are excited to the future of the club. Be sure it will be very, very emotional but at the same time it will be very, very exciting to welcome the new stadium.”