Are these Pochettino quotes designed to crank up the pressure on Levy?

The Tottenham Hotspur boss was once again firm during his weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Mauricio Pochettino has taken a strong stance on most things during his discussion with reporters this week, according to the Independent.

Indeed, the Tottenham boss has stood firm on the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, while also batting questions about new signings away with a smile.

And the Argentine's choice of words has been very specific amid all the speculation surrounding the north London side at the minute. One of his lines in particular seemed poignant - and could it have been aimed at Daniel Levy

Pochettino is quoted as telling reporters: "We keep the best players for the present and the future, to be a good squad in the next few years to fight for the top four - and win the Premier League one day.”

Now, in many ways that's a standard line from a manager of a big top-flight club.

But is it really necessary considering Pochettino's own in-game failings and, primarily, the fact Tottenham have struggled to even get fourth in recent years?

No one is talking about winning the title with Spurs and, even when there were suggestions of it under Harry Redknapp, there was never really a chance. So could the Argentine's quotes be designed to crank up the pressure on his chairman?

To remind Levy that, with Deadline Day so close, it isn't just about getting a quick fit in for Spurs but top-class players that can help the north London side progress. Progress, firstly, into the top four but, ultimately, beyond?

Whatever Pochettino's intentions, it's certainly an interesting time to talk about winning the league one day. He's shown no signs he is a Premier League winning coach. But maybe, with the right players, he thinks he can be. And that all depends on Levy.

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