Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has predicted that Tottenham will fail to qualify for the Champions League this season after dropping out of the top four over the weekend.
Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom and were lucky to have not lost the game all together when Salomon Rondon missed the chance of the game late on.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men slumped down to fifth in the table as a result and are now just three points clear of eighth-placed Watford going into the full midweek fixture list which sees them take on Leicester at the King Power.
Merson, speaking on the Sky Sports website, has now predicted that Tottenham will fail to finish in the top four, backing Manchester City to win the Premier League title with Chelsea, Manchester United and his former club Arsenal rounding off the Champions League spots.
The Sky Sports pundit has also issued a stern warning to Spurs after their form stuttered at the weekend, suggesting that they may lose their focus in the bid to finish inside the top four.
“I think Tottenham could miss out on the Champions League, they need to be careful. I think Arsenal will make the top four, but only if Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both stay in January. But if they do not, then that top-four order will change again as I would not give them a hope of making the top four,” he said.
“I am not saying Arsenal are a better team than the others [Spurs and Liverpool], I am just saying I think the others will lose focus the way it is going.”
Spurs have won just one of their last four Premier League fixtures, and even that was a narrow 1-0 victory over basement boys Crystal Palace.
They have suffered recent defeat to Manchester United and their bitter North London rivals Arsenal, but have still been able to impress in the Champions League by seeing off Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
It may not be the time to worry for Spurs fans though, as at this stage last season they had the same amount of points on the board before going on to finish second.
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