It was only a month and a half ago that Tottenham were in the title race and more than 10 points clear of their North London rivals Arsenal in the table.
However, after fourth defeats and a draw in their last five games, Spurs now find themselves behind Arsenal in 4th spot, and with a huge battle on their hands to secure Champions League qualification.
Tottenham’s defeat at Anfield and Arsenal’s subsequent win over Newcastle means that only three points separate Spurs, Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea in the table.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has stressed the importance of the “mini-league” between the four clubs which starts for Spurs later this evening when Crystal Palace become the first side to visit the new stadium.
While Pochettino will be hoping that the new stadium acts as a catalyst for Spurs to finish the season well, ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno has warned the Argentine to expect a player exodus if they don’t qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Moreno said, “It’s been a steep decline, certainly in the league.
“It would be incredibly disappointing. I don’t know how the team would recover long-term.
“It would send a message to many of the players that maybe this isn’t the place to be in you want to further your careers.
“Then a lot of those big players get put on the table and they might not come back to the team.”
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