The Premier League's competitiveness at the head of the division this season has been underlined by Tottenham Hotspur's recent fortunes as, if Spurs had defeated Newcastle United on November 10 then they would be sharing second position along with Liverpool. However, because of their one-nil loss suffered in the North-East, they are instead in seventh place, trailing pace-setting Arsenal by five points.
This has been acknowledged by fearless defender Jan Vertonghen who claims the push for domestic honours this season is 'crazy', with just six points - or two victories - separating Arsenal from Newcastle United, who are in eighth.
'It's really crazy,' he explained to Sky Sports News. 'I think if we'd won against Newcastle, we'd be joint second now - but we're seventh.'
It does not get any easier for Spurs, either, as Andre Villas-Boas' side take on Manchester City away from home on November 24 before hosting Manchester United on December 1 in a brace of fixtures that could really shake-up the top eight positions.
'It's unbelievable how we play [Manchester] City and [Manchester] United next… it's very hard this year,' he continued.
Considering the start of the Premier League season consisted of a number of new managers at clubs such as United, City and Chelsea, as well as the collective number of losses already suffered by the aforementioned trio (9), Tottenham fans may have been forgiven for raising their ambitions for the Premier League crown.
Vertonghen insists that a top four place should remain the priority, something they will have to be at their best every match in order to realise: '[Vincent] Kompany already said it will be the toughest league in years to finish top. We have to be at our best to finish in the top four.'
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