By Richard Parks
Gary Neville has predicted on a Sky Sports podcast that Tottenham will finish in the Premier League top four this season and they will have been delighted that Manchester United beat Chelsea at the weekend.
The Sky Sports pundit and United legend is convinced that Spurs have the momentum to make the cut for the guaranteed Champions League places following a string of impressive recent results.
The north Londoners have taken 10 out of a possible 12 from their last four league fixtures against Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United, as well as being well placed to make the later rounds of the Champions League and FA Cup.
Neville has ruled Arsenal out of a top-four spot and believes Chelsea are most vulnerable of the four clubs now competing for three places to join runaway leaders Manchester City in next season’s Champions League.
This came following victories in the league at the weekend for Liverpool, United and Tottenham.
“So for United, that was a big, big win,” Neville told the Sky podcast, as quoted by the Sky Sports website. “If you’re Tottenham or Liverpool, you probably wanted United to win in some ways because keeping Chelsea back down there, rather than coming up and it becoming a little bit more competitive.
“So I think for Tottenham it’s the result they would have wanted. For United, it’s certainly the result they would have wanted. It’s a big win.
“There are a lot of big games to come. The race for top four is so important. What I would say about Arsenal is that I don’t see them challenging for the top four this season, I think they’re done.
“It’s Tottenham, Liverpool, United and Chelsea for those other three spots.”
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs are fourth in the league after the weekend fixtures and have now edged two points ahead of bitter rivals Chelsea. It would benefit Mauricio Pochettino’s side if Chelsea were to secure a memorable Champions League win over Barcelona and progress to the latter stages of the competition. It’s certainly a close call, as five into four just won’t go. Neutrals will certainly want to see the north Londoners in Europe’s premier competition next season as they play with flair, imagination and on the front foot. The Premier League needs Tottenham to be one of its four representatives in the Champions League.
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