'Huge steps' - Senior Tottenham star makes stunning claim over potential PL title hopes
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has stunningly claimed that his side could have been challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title had they not had a run of poor form across October and November.
Pep Guardiola and his men have stormed England’s top flight this season and secured the league title at the earliest stage ever, currently leading the rest of the 19 teams by 16 points, with local rivals Manchester United in second.
Spurs meanwhile sit in fourth, four points behind third placed Liverpool with two games in hand, and Vertonghen believes they could have been pushing the runaway table toppers had it not been for one month of poor results.
He told the Mirror: “We have improved results against our rivals – we have beaten Chelsea and dominated pretty much everyone else apart from Manchester City.
“We always seem to have one month where we haven’t won games in a row. This time it started at the end of October. When you have a team winning every week like Manchester City it’s going to be hard to challenge.
“We need to solve that inconsistency and get rid of that month that costs us. But with this group of players we can improve. We have taken huge steps.”
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Across the month which the Belgian powerhouse speaks about, Spurs lost to Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester and drew against West Brom, with their only league win coming against Crystal Palace resulting in four points from a possible 15.
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham’s star man might have a point about their month from hell but that is not why they were not pushing City to the title. The simple fact is the champions have only lost two Premier League games all season and are worthy winners with an outstanding achievement. What every team in the top flight need to do over the summer is figure out how to stop the juggernaut that is Pep Guardiola’s side and once that is done, then parity at the top will be restored. Until then though, everyone is playing for second place, and Vertonghen is right about improving levels of consistency to ensure they are up there.