Title-chasing Spurs can't be compared to Atlético Madrid, says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino insisted Spurs operate on a smaller budget as he dismissed the comparisons with Atletico Madrid.

Title-chasing Spurs can't be compared to Atleti, says Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino claimed Spurs winning the Premier League would be a bigger achievement than Atlético de Madrid's 2014 LaLiga triumph. Spurs are legitimate title challengers this season, with Pochettino's side second and six points behind league leaders Liverpool after 19 rounds.

Big wins, impressive run

Crushing victories over Everton (6-2) and Bournemouth (5-0) amid a six-match winning streak has catapulted Tottenham into the mix with Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City. Tottenham – who did not sign any players before the transfer window shut in August – are the underdogs against Liverpool and City, drawing comparisons to Diego Simeone's Atlético. Atlético continue to go toe-to-toe with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid but Pochettino insisted Spurs operate on a smaller budget as he dismissed the comparisons.

Different case

"It's difficult to find ­another club doing the same or ­delivering the same work as us – the philosophy. Every single club is ­special and is different," said Pochettino, whose Tottenham are seeking their first league title since 1961. "I was thinking about this the other day. Simeone is the best-paid ­manager in Spain. His salary is ­bigger than the Real Madrid ­manager, Barcelona manager, Sevilla manager and ­Valencia manager. The investment from Atlético in players is bigger than ours. It is just below, but really close to, Real ­Madrid’s and Barcelona's budgets. They keep players like Antoine Griezmann and they signed Diego Costa. I think Atlético's budget is maybe bigger than any club in the Premier League. It is maybe five times bigger than the budget we have. It is more like Real or Barcelona. It is nothing like Tottenham. Do you think Atlético de Madrid is comparable to Tottenham? Atlético are like City and Liverpool."