Jamie Carragher delivers fascinating Tottenham mid-season appraisal
By Harvey Byrne
Jamie Carragher believes that the current Tottenham side is better than the one of last season, and the points total would suggest so too.
However, Spurs are currently sat in fifth place and 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea going into Wednesday’s encounter.
In a fascinating mid-season appraisal Carragher believes that the north London club have progressed from the last campaign, while they are currently sat in a worse position and miles off the pace from the other top sides.
“I go back to a year ago with Spurs and I remember they played Watford around the same time, Christmas time,” said Carragher, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“That was the first time I felt, maybe in my memory of watching football, that Spurs had a chance of winning the league.
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“Last year they had less points, but they were only four points off the top. They’ve now got more points and we are saying they are a better team with the younger players maturing.
“But the gap between themselves and Chelsea is the worry for them.
“If they are thinking of the title, even though it’s only half-way through the season, they’ve got to beat Chelsea because the gap is still 10 points.”
Tottenham are currently sat on 39 points in the league table after 19 matches, while last season they were on 35 at the same stage.
As Carragher mentioned they were only four points off the top side, who were fierce rivals Arsenal at the halfway stage.
However, the reemergence of English giants Chelsea and Liverpool this season has added further competition to the top of the league league.
Additionally, the Blues are on course to break Arsenal’s winning-streak record as they sit on 13 straight victories, which has seen them run clear at the top.
But, a win for Tottenham on Wednesday could bring that crashing down and would make the league table read far better for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The north London club would move up to third place in the table, leapfrogging Arsenal and Manchester City while moving within seven points of Antonio Conte’s side.
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