PL great calls for people to stop disrespecting “impressive” Spurs in title race

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur registered their fourth consecutive Premier League win on Sunday against Leicester City, to keep the pressure on the top two.

Despite being faced with massive injury troubles this season, and having the uncertainty of their move-in date to their stadium hanging over them, Spurs have continued to grind out results.

The fact that Tottenham didn’t sign a single player in the summer or in January makes their achievement even more impressive. Despite these problems, the North London club currently find themselves just five points from the summit of the Premier League with twelve games left to play.

However, some pundits still believe that it remains a two-horse race between Liverpool and Manchester City, and that Spurs will eventually fall off.

Former Premier League striker Alan Shearer has now called on people to stop disrespecting Spurs and has put up a passionate case for why they cannot be ruled out just yet.

In his column for the BBC, the pundit said he has been impressed by how Spurs have managed to get over the line repeatedly despite not being at their best.

He wrote: “It was typical really that, on a day where Manchester City were sensational and made the headlines with the way they demolished Chelsea to go back above Liverpool at the top of the table, Spurs ground out another unspectacular victory.

“Mauricio Pochettino’s side have done something similar in each of their past four league games, but it is actually very impressive that they keep getting results when none of those performances have been particularly great.

“It was obviously not the same sort of statement of intent that City made a couple of hours later, but to score three goals and take the three points without playing well at all is still a very good sign of the sort of shape that Spurs are in.”

Shearer also said that while Spurs aren’t favourites for the title, it is not wise to completely rule them out.

He added: “When Tottenham lost to Wolves at Wembley at the end of December, in what was their fifth league defeat of the season, I saw that as the end of their title hopes. I thought, you cannot lose that many games and still end up as champions. But their form since then has put them back in the hunt.

“Ultimately, I still don’t think Spurs will come out on top, but with three months of the season to go, they definitely still have a chance and you cannot discount them.”

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