MAURICIO POCHETTINO admitted he is “disappointed” that Tottenham failed to sign any new players in January.
Spurs have become the first team in the Premier League era to to go through two consecutive transfer windows without adding any fresh faces to their squad.
Spurs were linked to a number of players, but will welcome Newcastle to Wembley without any new arrivals.
Speaking about the lack of signings, Pochettino said: “Of course I wanted to strengthen the squad, but if we cannot sign I need to stick with the project of the club.
“Of course I am disappointed because we are in a very good position and maybe with a help from some players we can remove the excuse that we are not a real contender.
“But we are there, we are close, in a very good position and we will fight to the end to be as high as we can be.
“We were open to adding some quality to the team to help us achieve the things we want.
“But we can’t add that quality, not because we can’t or don’t want to, for different reasons, we can’t deliver what we wanted.”
Spurs are third in the Premier League table after 23 games, just five points behind league leaders Liverpool.
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And Pochettino has likened his club’s title challenge to that of Formula One legend Fernando Alonso.
He added: “It’s easy to be passionate and shout, ‘I’m a winner!’
“You can be a winner but if you don’t have the tools to win, it’s difficult. If you have the car to win and you are good, then you win.
“If you have the same car as another who is good, then one is going to win and the other is going to lose.
“Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the best drivers in Formula One.
“But if you put Hamilton in the McLaren last season and Alonso in the Mercedes, then it would have been Hamilton at the bottom and Alonso at the top. That’s the reality.
“I love McLaren. But it wasn’t competitive last season. But do you think that’s a problem with Alonso or a problem with the car?”