Can Tottenham realistically challenge for the title?

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already begun to talk up his side’s title chances, with the Lilywhites just six points behind Arsenal.

At the start of the season, Spurs would surely not have expected to be in such a position by the halfway point.

Manchester City and the Gunners' far from consistent form has boosted their prospects even further, while it will be difficult for Leicester City to maintain their surprise run.


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Champions in the making?

As always, Tottenham’s main aim is securing Champions League football, but it appears they may already be taking that for granted. Manchester United’s crisis and Crystal Palace’s relatively small squad does make Spurs the favourites for the top four, particularly as Liverpool have struggled of late.

Pochettino is therefore looking upwards, The Daily Mail report him saying: “The numbers reflect that (the title) is always possible. But the most important thing for us is to keep working very hard.”
Their recent results do suggest they have the character of a title-winning side, snatching a late winner against Watford in a game that they could conceivably have lost in previous seasons.

Big games ahead

It may well go down to how they perform in the big games when they are under pressure. They have already dispensed of City by four goals to one when they came to White Hart Lane towards the start of the season, but they will face them again on February 14, while Arsenal come to N17 in April in what could be one of the most crucial north London derbies in decades.

Spurs must also keep that kind of focus in the games they should win, and not allow any more slip-ups like that against relegation-threatened Newcastle in mid-December.

Fighting fit 

By the looks of Arsenal, City, Leicester and Spurs, the title could well come down to the luck of the draw in who is able to keep fit as the games come thick and fast.

While Spurs wait to hear on the extent of Mousa Dembele’s injury, they will have to hope his absence does not impact their January fixtures too heavily. Similarly, City captain Vincent Kompany picked up yet another knock in the win against Sunderland, and Arsenal have continually struggled with injuries this season.

It may be early to talk of the title, but Spurs appear to have as good a chance as their rivals if they can maintain their current form and focus. Pochettino’s challenge will be to prevent his squad – and fans – from getting carried away and focus on what will be a pivotal next few months for the club.

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