Former Spurs manager says Tottenham were better two years ago with Walker and Dembele

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Dom Le Roy

While many felt that Tottenham were right in the title race before they played Burnley a week ago, it now looks as if Spurs have a battle on their hands to finish in the top four after they managed to take only one point out of a possible 9 against Burnley, Chelsea, and Arsenal.

This means that for the second year in a row, Tottenham will not be involved in the race for the Premier League title, after pushing Leicester City and Chelsea really close in the two seasons before that.

While there are several factors the contributed to Spurs’ slight regression in the past two seasons including playing at Wembley, and how much the likes of City and Liverpool have invested into their squads, former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp feels that Spurs simply had better players during that time.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek, Redknapp said, “I honestly think Tottenham were better two years ago when Kyle Walker was playing right-back and absolutely on fire, Danny Rose was in his pomp absolutely flying and Dembele was top drawer.

“They were absolutely incredible then. Rose has had his injuries and has not been quite the same, Walker obviously moved on and Dembele has moved on.

“But I’m sure they will regroup again in the summer, one or two, a little bit of tweaking and they will be strong again next year.”

The 72-year-old also dismissed Pochettino’s suggestions that it could take 10 years for the players to develop the mentality required to win the League and instead said that Spurs could change it in one window if they bring in the right players.

He added, “I don’t think it works that way. The mentality of who? Manchester City changed the mentality of winning the league by bringing in players that were good enough to win the league.

“There is no, ‘Oh, we’re Tottenham, we haven’t won the league since God knows when’. New players come in, it’s up to the manager then to deal with the players he’s got and if he’s got good enough players, there’s a strong mentality to win the league.

“If they bring in two or three outstanding players in the summer, certainly they will be challenging again next year, maybe good enough to win it next year if they get the right players in. But it’s all about the players they bring in.”

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