By Aramide Oladipo
Graeme Souness has claimed that Tottenham are the “most likely contenders from England” alongside Manchester City to clinch the Champions League title this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side secured a memorable 3-1 victory over current holders Real Madrid in midweek at Wembley Stadium.
A brace from Dele Alli and a Christian Eriksen strikes ensured that Spurs progressed to the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.
Spurs are currently unbeaten in Europe this season and they could potentially finish the group stages in first place ahead of Madrid and Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
Writing in his column for the Times, Souness is confident that Tottenham have the quality to go all the way in the competition but only if striker Harry Kane remains fully fit.
“City and Tottenham are the most likely contenders from England, although Tottenham’s chances depend on Harry Kane avoiding injury because they are over-reliant on him,” he wrote.
“Take his goals — 107 over the past three and a bit seasons — out of Tottenham’s total and where do they finish?
“They have a good mixture of homegrown products and young players they have bought who have become very good players under their manager.
“Can you imagine if they had spent the £86m they received for Gareth Bale wisely? The only good one they got from that was Christian Eriksen.”
Kane has been in sensational form for the North London club this season, notching up five goals in the competition – only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more times than him.
It is a big claim from Souness as Spurs not enjoyed European success since winning the UEFA Cup during the 1983-84 season.
Furthermore, Tottenham have not picked up any silverware since lifting the League Cup in 2008 when Juande Ramos was the manager.
Spurs will be hopeful that they can build on their victory over Madrid and continue test themselves against European’s best in the knockout phase.
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