By Alex Taylor
Tottenham will not qualify for the Champions League next season, according to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
The former Gunners goal machine believes that the north London outfit will not finish in the top four, despite challenging for the Premier League last season.
The Sky Sports pundit tipped Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal to make up the top four, leaving no room for either Spurs or Liverpool in his predicted Champions League places – but admitted they might squeeze in if other teams falter.
“This is very hard to call,” Henry told Sky Sports. “Chelsea don’t have any European competition to play, so that will be an advantage for them, but it might take them a little time to gel and adapt to what Conte wants.
“It’s the same for Mourinho at Man Utd. It’s the same at City with Guardiola too – so maybe there is a window for Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham – who have all had stability for longer – to take advantage if they don’t gel straight away.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s team took England’s top-tier by storm last season with a creative and youthful side that defended manfully and played exciting counter-attacking football.
Such was the impact of Tottenham’s collectively strong team last term, former England manager Roy Hodgson built his Three Lions team around a Spurs base for the European Championships in France.
Delle Ali played as the creative midfielder behind Harry Kane, who was given the lead striking role for his country.
They were joined by Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, as well as holding midfielder Eric Dier.
Tottenham get their new season underway in just three days time against Everton at Goodison Park and will be hoping to re-produce their incredible form from last season.