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11th Sep, 2016 | 10:48am

Glenn Hoddle explains what was once-in-a-lifetime Tottenham opportunity

By Alex Taylor

Glenn Hoddle has lamented Tottenham’s missed opportunity last season.

The north London outfit looked to be firm favourites for the title in March but finished the season in third place, 11 points off top-spot and behind local rivals Arsenal.

Spurs are yet to win a first division title since 1961 and have been trophyless since their League Cup win over Chelsea in 2008.

“Mauricio Pochettino’s team could have gone down in history,” Hoddle wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. “Title races are a little like the Grand National; if you’re in sight of the leader with two furlongs to go, you know you may never have that chance again.”

“Tottenham have only themselves to blame for failing to take their opportunity last season to record what would have been the club’s greatest achievement since the Double of 1960-61”

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“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment. That’s how it feels with Spurs and the title last year. It seemed like it was a unique season, when the major powers were re-grouping.”

Leicester were eventually crowned Premier League champions last term, just two seasons after earning promotion in 2014.

Spurs missed out on England’s biggest footballing prize after dropping vital points against Arsenal, Liverpool and West Brom in the final few months of the season.

Despite failing to win a first Premier League title, Pochettino’s side did qualify for the Champions League.

Tottenham welcome Monaco to White Hart Lane on Wednesday in their first European fixtue of the season.

In other Tottenham news, Eric Dier is close to agreeing a new Spurs contract worth £19.5million, Football Insider sources understand.