By Amir Mir
Jamie Carragher believes Tottenham have been “really unlucky” in the past two seasons because they have come up against teams that have not been in Europe.
The former Liverpool defender was referring to the Premier League title race and how Spurs could miss out on the chance of being crowned English champions once again.
Over the past two seasons, Mauricio Pochettino’s team have picked up the most points (147), with second-placed Manchester City on 137 points.
Not only that, they have won the most matches, lost fewer games, scored more and conceded the least amount of goals over the previous 72 encounters.
Speaking to Monday Night Football, which aired on Sky Sports 1, Carragher explained how things could have been different for Tottenham.
“Where I think they have been really unlucky, Leicester won the league [last season],” Carragher told Sky Sports. “It was a freak, a one-off, you don’t see that happen. A team not playing in Europe.
“They are now up against a Chelsea team, who [have] no Europe, how often do Chelsea not play Europe? It doesn’t happen. A team that went 13 [consecutive] games winning, matched the Premier League record, how often does that happen? That is what they are up against.
“If Chelsea had been in Europe, I think there would have been a great chance we could have been saying with four games to go ‘this could be Tottenham’s first title since 1961’.”
Leicester City are the current Premier League holders as they surprised many last term when they won their first ever English crown under the now sacked Claudio Ranieri.
They did not play any European games, just like Chelsea this season after their tenth-placed finish during the previous campaign.
Spurs beat their north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday afternoon to reduce the gap at the top of the table to four points.
Pochettino, who guided his team to third last season, could reduce that gap once again to one point when his side take on West Ham on Friday evening.
Chelsea will host relegation-threatened Middlesbrough three days later on home soil.
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