If anyone ever doubted the old saying that ‘a week is a long time in football’, they need only look at Tottenham’s recent fortunes.
The North Londoners were sitting at the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday and looked as though they could potentially be serious contenders for the title.
However, less than a week later, Spurs have not only fallen six points behind league leaders Liverpool but currently find themselves in sixth place in the table.
They have been leapfrogged by the likes of Leicester, Everton, Manchester United and Chelsea and it suddenly looks as though Jose Mourinho’s men are going to have a battle on their hands even to get into the top four.
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher both predicted the likely title winners and the teams who will finish in the top four on last night’s Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (as relayed by The Mirror).
While both pundits unsurprisingly predicted the Reds to retain the title, Jamie Carragher also admitted that he expects Tottenham to finish outside the top four.
The former Liverpool defender believes that Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea will round out the top four spots.
Neville on the other hand, predicted Spurs to just sneak into fourth place ahead of Chelsea, although he did admit that it will be a tight race between the two London rivals.
The former Man Utd full-back said: “To be honest with you I said Chelsea I thought could finish in the top four.
“That last one – I think Manchester City and Manchester United will definitely finish in the top three and I think it’ll be Chelsea or Tottenham, and it’s a flip of the coin to be honest with you.”
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It is fair to say that Carragher and Neville would have had Spurs coming second or third had they made their predictions a few days before the Leicester result. It shows how much one bad performance or result can change people’s perceptions particularly when the league is as close as it is this season. I still expect us to finish in the top four but it looks like a title challenge might be beyond us.
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