Tottenham Hotspur had been by no means critical contenders for the Premier League title this season.
That’s in keeping with Manchester United legend Andy Cole and former Arsenal winger Perry Groves, who each agreed on talkSPORT they by no means thought of Spurs as real challengers for Liverpool’s crown.
Jose Mourinho’s males have dropped from the Premier League summit to fifth place within the house of per week after back-to-back defeats in opposition to the champions adopted by Leicester City on Sunday.
And with Spurs now six factors adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s table-topping Reds, many are already saying it’s ‘sport over’ for his or her apparently short-lived push for the trophy.
Mourinho persistently performed down his aspect’s probabilities of successful the membership’s first Premier League crown this season, insisting they shouldn’t be thought of on Liverpool’s degree.
And that was echoed by ex-Gunner Groves on talkSPORT over the weekend, as he reacted to his previous rivals’ dwelling defeat by the Foxes wherein in-form forwards Harry Kane and Heung-min Son each drew uncommon blanks.
He stated: “Tottenham have been good on the counter-attack and Son and Kane have been so medical, they’ve been taking two probabilities out of three or 4.
“However you possibly can’t hold placing your forwards beneath that a lot strain, that may’t hold occurring. It’s important to give them extra ammunition and be extra inventive and be extra on the entrance foot.
“Tottenham, realistically, I feel they’re nonetheless battling for top-four.
“They could possibly be within the top-four, no downside, however I by no means noticed them as real title challengers.”
Former Man United striker Cole was additionally within the talkSPORT studio on Sunday, and he might solely agree.
“Neither did I,” Cole added to Groves closing assertion.
“I’m not attempting to be disrespectful, however I didn’t take a look at Tottenham and stated they’d an opportunity of successful the league this season.
“Sure they’ve had a incredible begin and Jose Mourinho has organised them extraordinarily nicely.
“However once I’m Liverpool final season, and the way good they’re nonetheless this season… they completed 30 factors forward of Tottenham final 12 months, so the place do Spurs get these 30 factors again?”
And Spurs have been tipped to battle much more after their fast drop down the desk.
Numerous pundits have hailed Tottenham and their new-found resilience beneath Mourinho this season, with many saying the north London outfit and champions Liverpool are the 2 groups to beat and miles forward of the chasing pack.
However following two straight defeats, talkSPORT’s switch guru Alex Criminal believes Spurs might now face a tricky battle to even make the highest 4, regardless of their flying first half of the marketing campaign.
“I’m not satisfied Tottenham are going to complete within the high 4, which appears ridiculous as a result of this time per week in the past we had been speaking them up as attainable tilted contenders,” he stated.
“However you take a look at it now, Manchester United have put collectively a run of outcomes, I feel it’s solely a matter of time earlier than Timo Werner and Kai Havertz click on at Chelsea, Manchester City are too good to not make the highest 4, and Liverpool are assured.
“I can see Spurs lacking out.”