Are Tottenham dark horses in the title race?
Tottenham are five points behind City and Liverpool, albeit City have played one match more. So, should Spurs be considered proper title contenders? Based on their form coupled with the fact that two of their stars, Alli and Kane, are out until March, they should be considered. This is down to Pochettino and he has done a magnificent job at Spurs since he has taken over. He has taken them from a team who was fighting to make top four to a team that is now fighting for the title. He has brought young players though and implemented a system that’s suits the team and has produced results.
At the beginning of the season Spurs were looking a little sluggish against top position and people were starting to criticise them for not doing any business in the transfer window. However, as the season progressed, their performances also improved, and that was most evident when they inflicted Chelsea’s first Premier League defeat of the season in late November. Spurs have not won a trophy in over 10 years now but have come close on several occasions. In the 15/16 season they were the ones who were pushing Leicester the furthest to the title but capitulated in the final month of the season. Also, in the 16/17 season they came in second only 6 points behind Chelsea. In fact, since 2015 spurs have not finished outside the top 3 which is a big improvement on a team that struggled to make top 4.
Spurs’ next game in the Premier League is against Burnley, which is then followed by two London Derbies. First Tottenham have to go to Stamford bridge to face Chelsea, then only three days later they host Arsenal for the North London Derby. These two games in three days will give a good indication of where Spurs will finish this season. Tottenham then have to travel to both City and Liverpool, which will both be very testing matches, and if they want to be in the mix for the tittle come May they need to put in good performances in those two games.