Former England international Jamie Carragher has backed Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to close the gap on Premier League heavyweights Manchester City and Liverpool.
Tottenham started their season with a convincing 4-1 victory against Southampton, without using any of their new signings in the starting lineup.
Some of the summer additions did come off the bench, but it was the players who were already established within the team that helped them to all three points.
Spurs have facilitated six deals so far in this summer transfer window in their attempt to back Antonio Conte with an improved squad. The likes of Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence have added to the depth while uplifting the squad’s quality in the process.
The North Londoners also recently completed a move for Udinese defender Destiny Udogie, even if he is only set to join their ranks next summer (Sky Sports).
They are well equipped to improve upon their showing from last season, considering the reinforcements that have been made so far.
Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, has conveyed that sentiment and feels Spurs are likely to try and close the gap on Man City and the Merseysiders in this campaign.
The former defender suggested that Tottenham will be a better team than the previous season due to Conte’s quality and the new additions, which would help them contend higher up the table this season.
Carragher told Sky Sports (via Football Daily): “But Spurs with Conte, the results they got against Liverpool and Manchester City last season, we know he is a coach who can rightly go up against Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola and not feel inferior in any way because of the success he’s had here and abroad.
“They will certainly look like a better team than last season. So, yeh I think they will join Chelsea in the two teams trying to close in on the top two.”
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Conte helped Tottenham get an emphatic 3-2 victory against the Citizens while also drawing 2-2 and 1-1 against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Those are great results considering how our squad looked last time around. We have certainly bolstered our ranks considerably this summer, enabling us to raise our threat against top-class opposition.
The Italian manager has gone against the odds to do unexpected things with his former sides in the past, particularly in domestic competitions. As such, it would not be wise to bet against him reducing the gap and closing in on the two Premier League giants this year.
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