After Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City on Sunday, inflicting the Citizens’ first defeat under Pep Guardiola in the process, many are beginning to wonder if the men from White Hart Lane could win the Premier League this season.
For most, even after that game, Manchester City are the favourites, but more and more now think Spurs could really push for the title – just as they did last season – and perhaps even get over the line and win it all together come May.
An own goal from Aleksandar Kolarov set the wheels in motion for a Spurs win whilst Dele Alli scored the second and final goal of the game in the first half. They could have extended their lead in the second period but Erik Lamela missed his penalty.
Nevertheless, it was a performance that suggested they would be there or thereabouts come the end of the season, speaking to the Daily Mail, Jamie Redknapp, Chris Sutton and Martin Keown have had their say.
In a wide ranging piece the three were asked a couple of questions in particular about Spurs’ chances, the first being whether they were the real deal…
Redknapp: “They are. Spurs are a serious team now. They are full of good young players and this is Tottenham’s time.
They shouldn’t fear anybody — in fact it’s the other way round. Nobody wants to play under pressure. When their opponents make mistakes, Tottenham will win the ball high up the pitch and reap the benefits.”
Keown: “We will only know that if they win the Premier League. Until the final fence last season, Tottenham demonstrated they were equipped to challenge — now they have shown City this title is by no means theirs.”
Sutton: “At the moment, yes. They were the real deal last season but didn’t get themselves over the line. The challenge for this season was to show more consistency.
“They seem every bit as good as last season — if not better. But when you look at the money City and Manchester United have spent and the improvement Liverpool have made, it will be even harder this season.”
And secondly they were asked where Spurs will they finish…
Redknapp: “Tottenham, Liverpool and City are the three best teams in the League. We’ll find a winner from those. There is such a long way to go but this has been a dream start for Spurs.
Don’t underestimate what that does for their belief. They comfortably beat the team that everyone thought were going to walk away with the title.”
Sutton: “With United spending big and Guardiola (right) arriving at City at the start of the season, I thought it might be tough for Spurs to finish in the top four. I thought United would finish second but they have so much improvement to make.
“Tottenham look streets ahead. I’m a big fan of Pochettino. He gave Dele Alli a chance last season as a 19-year-old, when a lot of managers wouldn’t have had the courage or insight.
“He is building a young, exciting, energetic team who I think will finish in the top four. Can they push City? On Sunday’s evidence I’d think so, but I still think City will win the league.”
Keown: “At the start of the season I said they would finish in the top four and I stand by that.
“So, Redknapp and Sutton think there’s a good chance of Spurs winning the league this season at least and they travel to West Brom next after the international break a point behind City who are top.”