Tottenham news: Ange Postecoglou takes jab at Man Utd as Aussie refuses £100m signings | Football | Sport

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou appeared to take a dig at Manchester United by stating that qualifying for the Champions League is ‘meaningless’ unless the team improves the following season. Spurs remain in the top-four hunt this campaign, and Postecoglou admits he is keen to earn a spot in Europe’s top-tier club competition.

United punched their ticket to the Champions League by finishing third in 2022/23, but Erik ten Hag’s side fell at the first hurdle thanks to a miserable group stage. The Red Devils are also in danger of missing out on qualifying for next year’s tournament due to the distance between themselves and fourth spot.

Newcastle United found themselves in a similar position, whereby an appearance in the Champions League failed to see them kick on this term. Postecoglou has cited the two sides as evidence that qualification does not guarantee success for years to come.

“I’d love to be in Europe,” said the Aussie. “It would thrill me to the deepest part of my soul. Right now, the most important thing is us, our identity and our football, because just getting into…mate, it’s not a Willy Wonka golden ticket, you know?

“It just gets you a year in the Champions League. There are a couple of teams who got into the Champions League this year from last year after having a good season. Does that guarantee anything the following season? No. If you don’t build on that or grow from that, it is meaningless, I think anyway.”

Spurs fans have taken kindly to Postecoglou in his first season at the helm, with his exciting brand of football symbolising a clean break from the previous reign of Antonio Conte.

“I have always felt with those things it is not what you spend, it is how you spend it. If I had the luxury of £100m, I would rather get two £50m players. It could be my background and conservative nature [due to] where I have come from.

“I have never been in that kind of position, I always felt that it is really important how you use the funds you have available.”

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