Tottenham Hotspur were the only side in Europe’s top five leagues to not make a new signing, either permanent or on loan, in the summer transfer window.

They were also the only club in the top four tiers of the English football to manage it and were the first club in the Premier League to not bring in a new face to the squad.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has given an interview to Spanish newspaper Marca and was asked about his side’s decision to not make any new additions in the summer. The Argentine admitted that it is important to admit the current situation and stressed that he wants to find solutions with the players available at his disposal.

“The expectation always grows and one wants to improve year after year, but the reality of the club is the one that we are living now. We are the only club in Europe that have not signed [a new player],” the ex-Southampton manager explained.

“That’s the reality, but the demand and desire is always to improve. Do not use it [lack of summer signings] as an excuse and you have to be stronger, be creative and look for solutions rather than trying to evade responsibility. Anyway, the start of the Premier has been better than last year. The only thing that is worse is that we lost the first game of the Champions League.”

Pochettino was asked if his side will be able to compete at the level they were during the last season, and he said: “It will not be simple. The teams that have been with us have been reinforced year after year, but it is clear that the idea is to continue competing with our tools and we hope to have a very good season.”

Since the start of the season, the north London club have suffered two defeats in the first seven league matches and are fourth in the table with 15 points, trailing leaders Manchester City by four points.