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What are Tottenham’s expectations? If they don’t win the title it’s not a tragedy but for the others it is.

Antonio Conte has spoken out on comments made by Tottenham's Chairman Daniel Levy who has claimed that this summers transfer spending...


Antonio Conte has spoken out on comments made by Tottenham's Chairman Daniel Levy who has claimed that this summers transfer spending is unsustainable. 

Heading into this summer the TV monies in the game being paid to ALL Premier League clubs as a minimum (£84.4m) plus additional appearance and merit money based on where you finish in the League, would lead to clubs spending an obscene amount this summer. Manchester City lead the way so far having spent £230m but with five weeks of the transfer window remaining, even more will be spent before it closes and it will be a record summer.

One club that hasn't spent any money so far is Tottenham and their Chairman Daniel Levy has claimed that the monies being spent are reaching levels that are unsustainable.

When asked of Levy's comments, Antonio Conte speaking to the media ahead of our friendly against Inter Milan said:

"My question is this, ‘What are Tottenham’s expectations? If they don’t win the title it’s not a tragedy. If they don’t arrive in the Champions League it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the first round of the Champions League it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the Europa League against Gent, it’s not a tragedy.

Maybe for Chelsea, Arsenal, City and United and, I don’t know, Liverpool, it is a tragedy. You must understand the status of the team. If Barcelona does not compete for the title it’s a tragedy. The same for Real Madrid. If Sevilla does not compete for the title it’s not a tragedy.

They can breathe and think in a different way. You can judge the others, but the others must fight to win the title." - Source: Daily Mail.

I can imagine that Tottenham fans will become quite defensive over his comments but those genuine, level-headed supporters will accept that he is right.


Tottenham have done a remarkable job if you think about it and have challenged for the Premier League title right to the last weeks of the season for the past two years. That's without spending mountains of money but keeping their players and introducing players from within that they feel are good enough with Harry Kane being the focus.

However, as much as you have to applaud them, you have to criticise Levy for not making the investment that is needed (looking from the outside in) for them to take that final step forward to put themselves in the position to win the title. They missed a trick last summer when all they had to do was invest in two or three key positions and they are missing a trick this summer whilst everyone else is buying players to make their squads stronger.

Conte is spot on here when it comes to their expectations. What happens if for a THIRD season running Spurs miss out in the final weeks of the season? Will their fans accept that being what it is or would they be frustrated? Every single supporter of any club up and down the country wants their team to win things and be successful at least once in their lifetime, that's the dream.

For Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, teams that have won the Premier League the most in recent history (excluding Leicester as that was a one-off), the goal is the title every single season. Each club will re-invest whether we like it or not to sustain/maintain our challenge for titles at the end of the season. For Arsenal and Liverpool they talk of title challenges but their realistic hopes are the top four lets be honest.

What are your thoughts on what Antonio Conte has said here about the comments made by Daniel Levy? Does he have a point?

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