The stat that shows why a top four finish would be a great achievement for Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham fans are understandably disappointed with how the team’s season has been derailed due to their results in the past four games. Just a couple of weeks ago, Spurs were tipped to push Liverpool and Manchester City all the way in the race for the Premier League title.

However, after 3 defeats and 1 draw in their four games, Spurs find themselves with a fight on their hands to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The general consensus among Spurs fans at this moment seems to be that the team has deteriorated in the last couple of seasons. Many look back on the 16/17 season when Wanyama and Dembele were dominating the middle of the park while Rose and Walker were flying down the wings, and think we were a much better team back then.

However, the truth is not quite that black and white. The fact of the matter is that while Spurs have improved since then, the top 6 teams as a whole have gotten much better too.

An article on Sky Sports today points out that collectively the top 6 clubs in England have 383 points at the moment, which is 12 more than they did at this stage last season. Last season’s tally in itself was the highest it had ever been at the 30 game mark.

This indicates that the top 6 clubs are improving exponentially season on season. The article also reveals that Liverpool’s current tally of 73 points is more than any other second-place side at this stage, while United and Chelsea have also set new records with their current hauls in fifth and sixth, respectively.

In other words, teams now need to get more points than ever before to finish in the top 4 and to compete for the title.

So in a season as competitive as this one, being in third position with 8 games of the season to go is actually quite an achievement for the club, particularly considering that Spurs are still playing their home games at Wembley, and have not added to the squad in the last two transfer windows.

So if Tottenham do finish in the top 4 this season, there is no doubt that it would represent a successful season for Pochettino and the team.

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