Despite Tottenham Hotspur sitting at the top of the Premier League table with 12 matches played, Arsenal legend Martin Keown has admitted that he still cannot see Jose Mourinho’s men winning the title.
Tottenham came away with seven points from three matches against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, without conceding a single goal in those games.
However, they were unable to build on those impressive results after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
While it looked like Tottenham had handed the advantage in the title race to Liverpool with two dropped points, the Reds were also subsequently held to a 1-1 draw at Fulham, which meant that Spurs maintained their place at the summit of the standings.
Mourinho’s men will now travel to Anfield for a huge game tomorrow evening with the result potentially set to have a major bearing on the title race.
While Keown expects Tottenham to have a say in where the title ends up this season, he admitted that he cannot see the Lilywhites going all the way.
The former Arsenal defender told BBC’s Football Focus: “I think they will have a large say on who does win it. I cannot see them winning it.
“I just think Liverpool and Manchester City are ahead. I know that City are down in the table. I do like the way that Mourinho is now getting his message across to the players. They are a results-based team now. And they really make it count.
“Their midfield Sissoko and Hojbjerg have done a fantastic job. Really tough and strong. Harry Kane, at times, he is getting more touches in his own box than he is in the opposition box. But he really makes it count when he is forward.”
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The fact that many people are still not taking us seriously as title challengers is a positive as it means that other teams are under more pressure. The general consensus seems to be that Liverpool are the favourites and City are still likely to be their main challengers. Pundits seem to believe that if anyone is going to crash the party, it is going to be Chelsea. Mourinho has made it clear that he prefers the underdog tag with his ‘pony’ comment.
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