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Tottenham are the dark horses for the Champions League

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While much of the talk so far this season has been about Louis van Gaal's tactical decisions, Chelsea's sudden collapse and Arsenal's possible title challenge, very little has been spoken of a Tottenham team going under the radar this season.

Using a core of young English players - including Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Ryan Mason and Dele Ali - Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is building a team that is currently performing well and shows excellent promise for the future.

When the English talent is combined with Christian Eriksen, Hugo Loris and Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham's strongest 11 looks as good as any other team chasing fourth spot.

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A win against Aston Villa will move them up to fifth place, a point behind Manchester United with a higher goal difference. They have only suffered one defeat so far this season and boast the joint-best defensive record in the league.

This shows the north London side have added steel to the attacking threat they posed last season, led by the now fan favourite at White Hart Lane, Harry Kane.

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Kane has finally found his shooting boots this season and Spurs can now aim to start turning draws into wins.

No team have drawn more games in the Premier League than Tottenham so far. If Kane can start consistently finding the net and the squad can avoid too many injuries, they will become a force to be reckoned with this season.

The biggest problem, however, for manager Pochettino regards the lack of depth in his squad. Two or three injuries to key players could prove devastating to the club's push for the top four as the backup options are either very inexperienced or simply not good enough.

Tottenham possess the emerging and exciting youth, lacking in experience but have no shortage of energy or confidence. This fearlessness will be tested over the course of the season, but Pochettino's side are very effectively creeping up the table while the spotlight shines elsewhere.

With Chelsea showing no signs of recovery, Liverpool in transition and United far from convincing, perhaps this is the year Tottenham can return to the Champions League.

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