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Are Spurs Closing The Gap On Their North London Rivals?

November 23, 2015

- Grant Whittington

While Spurs failed to beat North London rivals Arsenal during a recent 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, their mature and composed performance suggested that they were closing the gap on the Gunners. After all, this represented an eleventh consecutive unbeaten league game for Spurs, while the club have since extended this run to a record 13 encounters. Currently fifth in the league, Spurs remain just two points behind Arsenal and four points behind leaders Manchester City.

Are Spurs emerging as genuine title contenders?

Beyond the consistent run of results, however, Spurs have also evolved into a compelling force on the field. Managed expertly by the excellent Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham’s young team is exceptionally fit and plays with a sense of pace and intensity that is difficult for others to compete with. Players such as Dele Alli, Ryan Mason, and Eric Dier prove this, whilst Harry Kane is  going a long way to proving he’s the club’s next Gary Lineker, showcasing the strength and belief to compete with the finest teams in the league.

Unbeaten since the open day of the season (when Spurs lost 1-0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford), Tottenham have been unstoppable even thrashing Manchester City 4-1 at White Hart Lane. They are also progressing serenely through the group stages of the Europa League, scoring prolifically while defending with focus and organisation. Proving increasingly difficult to beat, Tottenham are now a force to be reckoned with and can be considered as genuine title contenders in an open and keenly contested EPL season.

What do Spurs need to improve?

Ultimately, Spurs are well-placed to at least mount a realistic challenge for the Champions League places this season. While the title remains a viable (if unlikely) goal, the lack of consistency among the league’s leading sides and the capitulation of last season’s champions Chelsea has potentially opened up a top four place for clubs like Tottenham, Everton and a Jurgen Klopp-inspired Liverpool.

To achieve this and push harder for the title, Spurs must be a little more ruthless during games and turn a percentage of their hard-fought draws into wins. The 1-1 draw with Arsenal underlines this point, as Spurs dominated this game for more than an hour before succumbing to a later Gunners’ charge. The ability to win such games will elevate Tottenham on to an entirely new level.

 

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