Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has boldly claimed that Tottenham are the best team in the Premier League when it comes down to the second half of the season.
Spurs beat Arsenal 1-0 in the North London derby on Saturday to create a seven-point gap between themselves and their bitter local rivals.
After Chelsea’s win against West Brom on Monday night, Mauricio Pochettino’s side dropped down to fifth in the standings, but they remain well clear of sixth-placed Arsenal as the race for Champions League football next season hots up.
Now, former Liverpool and England defender Carragher has made it clear he believes Tottenham have shown the strongest form in the top-flight during the second half of the season and he does not think that the Gunners will be table to catch up with them or any of the top-four-chasing sides.
“I think it is virtually impossible for them [to reach top four],” Carragher said about Arsenal, as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
“They’re not catching Manchester United, it is very difficult to catch Liverpool because of the points gap and Liverpool’s next two games are two winnable home games against West Ham and Newcastle, while Arsenal’s next game is Man City.
“Tottenham are seven points clear of them and are the best team in the league – and have been for the past couple of years – in the second half of the season. And also the biggest reason is they’re not good enough.”
Spurs put up a good fight with Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title last season, while the campaign before they were perhaps the biggest threat to Leicester as they were crowned shock champions.
However on both occasions, Tottenham tapered off at the end and eventually came nowhere near to winning a maiden Premier League title.
The biggest criticism of this Spurs side is no doubt their lack of silverware.
Pochettino has assembled a brilliant squad in North London but they are yet to receive the honours that many believe they must achieve in order to keep hold of certain key players.
With Manchester City looking a sure bet to win the league, it seems that Tottenham’s only hopes lie in the FA Cup or Champions League.
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