Pochettino is determined that Tottenham should keep pace with their rivals at the top of the Premier League, even though their spending power is greater than Spurs’.
Asked about his transfer plans, Pochettino hinted that errors had been made in the past. He said: “Of course I talk with the chairman, as always. We have a very close relationship and we talk nearly every day. We are always talking to try to improve and to learn from our mistakes.
“We learn from our experiences but the good thing is that we have a very good relationship, we are very close. With [new chief scout] Steve Hitchen, we are working hard to try to find players to improve our squad for next season.
“We always believe in our targets and that they can help us. Sometimes it will be good, others not so good, but we are excited now to watch and assess players and help the team achieve the things we want.”
Of last summer’s signings, only Victor Wanyama has become a first-team regular. Nearly £60million was spent on Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, but none of the three has managed to win the complete trust of Pochettino.
It remains to be seen how much impact Tottenham’s new 61,000-seat stadium, a project costing about £800m, has on their ability to compete at the top end of the market.