Tottenham Hotspur have fallen to a shocking 28th place in FiveThirtyEight’s latest rankings of the best teams in world football.
The analytics-based platform uses a complex formula to deduce the best teams in the world at any given time, based on stats from the team’s results in various competitions.
Spurs finished outside the Premier League top four this season for the first time in five years and subsequently failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
That is a considerable drop in fortunes for a side that was one step away from being crowned European champions a little over a year ago and that drop is reflected in FiveThirtyEight’s projections.
According to the latest rankings, Tottenham, in 28th place, are the seventh-best Premier League team behind Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Wolves and Leicester City.
Spurs even trail behind teams like Zenit St Petersburg, Real Sociedad and Getafe, although they still find themselves one place above their North London rivals, Arsenal.
Spurs Web Opinion
There is no doubt that we are some way of the European elite and a fall in the rankings is warranted on the back of the season we have had. However, projections like this are never accurate and I would suggest that we are not far not as far away from the top ten teams in Europe at it may seem. A few decent additions this summer could see us get into the top four again next season.
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