John Barnes believes that Tottenham Hotspur do not have a chance of finishing above either Liverpool or Manchester City this season and insisted that the North Londoners are just one defeat away from a potential disaster.
While Jose Mourinho’s men started the season scoring for fun, they have shown a different side to them during their last three league matches against Burnley, Brighton and West Brom, grinding out wins despite not being at their best.
Spurs are currently just a point off top spot but Barnes believes that the Lilywhites are in a false position as they do not have the means to continue their current form.
The former Liverpool forward told Bonus Code Bets (as relayed by talkSPORT): “Tottenham are doing well, but Manchester City and Liverpool are still the favourites for the title.
“Tottenham ground out a victory against West Brom, a game they could have easily lost, but Tottenham aren’t a team who can continue to do that.
“They don’t play with enough consistency, score enough goals, so they are over and above their own expectations now sitting in second position, they are title challengers in the sense they will be in the top four, but they won’t finish in the top two.”
Barnes also asserted that the Tottenham camp does not seem like harmonious one and insisted that he can see Spurs fans turning on Jose Mourinho the moment the team starts to drop points.
He added: “Spurs are always a game away from a disaster or a fan meltdown, and the fans and players will turn on Jose Mourinho as soon as things aren’t going so well.
“They lack the harmony and togetherness that other teams have, the players still don’t look happy to be there, so if Tottenham drop a few points that can easily snowball into something much bigger.
“It is a mentality thing as much as anything else. They will challenge for the third and fourth position at best, but they currently have good momentum that they need to take forward.”
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I can certainly respect Barnes’ opinion that we are not title challengers, even though I do not agree with it. However, to suggest that the squad lacks togetherness or harmony is quite a stretch as we have seen no evidence so far to indicate that. Perhaps, Barnes is simply basing his opinion on media narratives around Mourinho and his alleged treatment of the likes of Dele Alli. From the way the players are celebrating goals and wins, it seems like a tight-knit group, who are all focused on the collective objectives.
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