Gary Lineker believes Spurs may not be as strong as last season

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Dom Le Roy

Gary Lineker believes that Tottenham Hotspur will finish behind Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League table.

The Match of the Day presenter believes that his former side have done well in the summer transfer window by adding some strength to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad but will fall short in their challenge of trying to catch last season’s top two.

Spurs were active in the window having smashed their club transfer record with the capture of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon whilst also securing the services of Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke.

Lineker did warn, however, did Spurs may not be as strong as they were last season having made it to the final of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Spurs will certainly have to improve their form if they are to challenge last season’s top two having lost 13 of their 30 games in all competitions so far in 2019, more than any other current Premier League side (W15 D2).

Lineker has tipped Liverpool to win the title with Manchester City in second, followed by Spurs in third.

He told talkSPORT: “Alisson they are reporting might be out for a while so that might make a difference.

“I think it will be very tight between the two.

“Before yesterday I was saying Liverpool and I shouldn’t be put off by the fact they won 4-1.

“You can’t change. I think it’s really hard to do it and lift yourself for three seasons on the bounce, which has proved to be the case in the Premier League.

“Pep Guardiola has shown that he just wins leagues year in and year out. I wouldn’t put it past him, but let’s go Liverpool.”

He added: “Tottenham, they’ve added a bit in the window and have some good strength there. They are a good side, I think they will be in the top four again.

“Obviously City and Liverpool, you have to say they will be clear of the others again. I think the gap might close a little bit.

“Tottenham I fancy will be third and then one of the other three for fourth place. I might be wrong. Tottenham might not be as strong as they were last season but I think they will.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Manchester City and Liverpool are clearly the favourites in the league this year. However i believe that Spurs can put together a strong title challenge as long as they can stay injury free. At Christmas last year Spurs were in the running for the title, but injuries to key players saw them slide down the league.

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  1. The wonderful CL exploits aside, surely Spurs must surely be stronger this year than they were last season when
    we lost 13 PL games. Our lack of squad depth was exposed by awful niggling injuries to key players at vital times
    in that season, the fact we never bought anyone, and the fact we didn’t have a ‘home’, or the time to get used to it
    when we did. Blimey Gary! How can we NOT be stronger? The only player who went was Tripps, and admittedly
    we will feel it for a while on that once powerful right hand side, with only the likes of KWP and Aurier, but we can cover with Sissoko and others on that important flank, plus we’ve added some damn good new players.
    With a few youngsters coming through too, then If we can keep Eriksen, Toby, Verts and Rose,
    and sort out a few new contracts, then we’ll be FAR stronger than last year. It will help that we can also avoid too many injuries and suspensions, but we can also work on making the New Lane a fortress (which our old ground was in its last season, 2016/17).


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