Manchester United’s implosion against Norwich City has left Spurs looking ever more likely to make the top four after their 2-0 win away at Southampton.
Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils handed Spurs the advantage with defeat against Bournemouth, but the Lilywhites failed to capitalise on their errors, themselves losing out to Newcastle.
This time, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s side soared into the top four, withstanding early pressure from the Saints. Harry Kane and Dele Alli got the goals and were once again instrumental as they sent out a reminder to their Premier League rivals that they are serious contenders for the top four, at the very least.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea began life in their second post-Jose Mourinho era with a 3-1 win at Sunderland, but they have all but given up on any aspirations of Champions League football next season, unless they can win the competition outright.
Leicester City, then, could also be Spurs’ biggest rivals come the end of the season. Assuming that they are unable to hold onto the top spot, with many pundits expecting them to slip up at some stage, Leicester should still be on course for a top four spot.
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United in disarray
Tottenham’s best chance could therefore lie in the discord at Manchester Untied. Van Gaal is under increasing pressure due to not only a string of poor results, but lacklustre performances, and the tangible tension echoing around Old Trafford could well work in Spurs’ favour.
As for Spurs themselves, they finally appear to have assembled another squad that looks capable of competing in the Champions League. Inexperienced though they may be, they showed tremendous character against Southampton and effectively put the game to bed before half time with goals in the 40th and 43rd minute.
Fixtures in Spurs' favour
Indeed, their favourable fixture list over the Christmas period must surely add to their status as favourites for the top four going into the New Year. A home game against Norwich on Boxing Day, followed by Watford away on December 28 gives them the perfect opportunity to consolidate their place.
It is now over to United to stop them, with the all-important game between United and Spurs taking place at White Hart Lane on April 9.
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