Mauricio Pochettino reveals why he finds it hard to buy players

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The boss, whose side take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday, said: "Of course now after almost five years the club is on another level than five years ago, but how we operate in four or five years didn't change".

"If my ambition in Tottenham is only to win the Capital One Cup or FA Cup, with all the respect for that, I think my ambition does not match the ambition of a club like Tottenham".

"In the moment the club communicate with me about something then we'll communicate with you if something happens".

"At the moment it's fantastic - so far so good - but we'll see if it's enough to challenge and be consistent in the next five years operating in that way; if we're capable to fight with the big sides in the same way that we've fought [with them] in the last four or five years. Tottenham is tough and we aim to see where we are after that".

Pochettino clarified that while he did want to win the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, those types of trophies were not the type to raise the profile of the club to upper reaches of the game.

However, Solskjaer will reportedly have a say in the club's transfer plans with contracts of eight players now expiring by the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

"Cesc? No. I have no news about Cesc", Sarri said when asked for an update on the player's future.

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"With the games coming so quickly, it's a good thing when you lose a game to have a game a few days after because all you want to do is get back out there and make things right", the attacking midfielder said of the start to 2019. For different reasons I chose to make a change and put Kane on the pitch but one of them is that. It is hard in that division to see it.

Similarly, no significant January additions are expected and Pochettino, who has been touted as a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, suggests such a thrifty approach must be altered once Tottenham are settled in their new stadium. It depends on many things in this business - different parties that have interests.

"If we have the possibility to add the right player we will try".

While Tottenham keep fighting on four fronts, Tranmere now focus fully on their fight for promotion from League Two.

"You have to temper the disappointment and be realistic about that, and that's where we are".

"We're obviously disappointed because we're professionals and we've got a lot of pride".

"We obviously want to improve and get better all the time, and tonight will show what it is like to play against £300million-worth of talent. We'll have the weekend off because they deserve that, and we'll go again on Monday".

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