Kevin De Bruyne has insisted that Tottenham Hotspur cannot be ruled out from the race for the Premier League title just yet as we edge closer to the business end of the season.
However, those hopes were dashed as the Lilywhites delivered a lacklustre display and conceded a late goal yet again, thus throwing away two points.
While Tottenham are still mathematically far from out of the title race, sitting just seven points behind league leaders Liverpool, it was their performance at Merseyside which will worry supporters, with the North London side not showing enough to suggest that they can push the likes of City until the end.
City number one Ederson delivered a brutally honest assessment of the title race a couple of days ago, insisting that it is a three-horse race between the reigning Champions, Liverpool and Arsenal (Express).
Kevin De Bruyne sees Spurs as title challengers
However, De Bruyne holds a different opinion from his teammate, insisting that Spurs and the Villans cannot be ruled out just yet.
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When asked about how many contenders there are for the big prize, the midfielder told Standard Sport: “There are so many teams there. Liverpool and Arsenal are there with us, but I’d say even Villa and Tottenham are close.
“We will be fighting with five for the moment. There’s a little pressure anyway to do well, but there’s no point looking at what’s going to happen in two months.
“We need to win games now and try to enjoy it. We know what we need to do. The pressure is always there, but we’re ready to fight again until the end.”
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This season was always going to be a transitional year for Tottenham, which is why a top-four finish will be a commendable achievement.
However, internally at Spurs, Postecoglou and the players might indeed have their eye on the big prize and will believe that they are capable of going on a winning run now that they have nearly a fully fit squad.