Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says Tottenham lack the ambition of their Premier League rivals and don’t see failure as “a tragedy”.
Tottenham last went beyond the Champions League group stages in 2011, while the best the club have managed in the Europa League in the previous five seasons is a run to the quarter-finals in 2013.
On Wednesday, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told a Nasdaq Q and A session that this summer’s £850m spending spree by Premier League clubs was “unsustainable”, but Conte insists the top clubs must spend big to stay competitive.
“If [Tottenham] don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy,” said Conte.
“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 after the first game that they play in the Europa League, it’s not a tragedy.
“Maybe for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and – I don’t know – Liverpool, it is a tragedy. You must understand the status of the team.
“Every team has to understand what their ambitions are. If their ambitions are to fight for the title or win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players. Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple.
“My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?”