Former Prem player predicts whether Spurs will finish in top four

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur put down a huge marker this weekend after beating their London and top four rivals Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley.

In truth, the score line flattered the Blues, and if Spurs had put away all their clear cut chances, it could have been six or seven.

The win, thanks to goals from Alli, Kane, and Son, took Spurs up to third in the league, leapfrogging their opponents Chelsea.

After Arsenal scraped a fortunate win against Bournemouth yesterday, they also gained ground on the Blues, now sitting just one point behind.

Liverpool and City are three and five points clear of Tottenham respectively and appear to be the pace-setters for this campaign.

Still without a stadium, I think a top four finish and a piece of silverware would mark an exceptional season for Poch and his men.

Former Premier League defender Matt Upson has predicted which clubs he believes will finish in the Champions League spots.

He told the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 (as reported by the Daily Star): “Chelsea were so bad on Saturday they have come in for a lot of criticism, but I think it is wrong to say that game shows Sarri’s side have been found out.

“Jorginho has shown he can set the tempo for the way they want to play but I don’t think stopping him means you stop the Blues – they have far too many other good players for that.

“If sides press him, like Spurs did with Alli, you leave space elsewhere and – most of the time – Chelsea will be capable of capitalising on that.

“The biggest reason they did not do that this weekend was because of how good Spurs were – it was a day where Mauricio Pochettino’s side were exceptional in and out of possession, and it is hard to stop them when they are in full flow like that.

“Along with Arsenal, all three clubs are battling for a top-four spot – and with Manchester City and Liverpool so dominant, it appears one of them will miss out.

“Who will it be? Well, in terms of their squad strength and players, I would say the Gunners are slightly behind Chelsea and Spurs at the moment but, in terms of getting results, they are definitely good enough to be in the mix.

“Emery is playing a big part in that. It is still early days for him but tactically he is so adept that whoever Arsenal are playing, they will always have a chance.”

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