Two time Premier League winner Edin Dzeko of Manchester City classes Tottenham Hotspur as one of the sides that can rival Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the title race this season.
The ultimate aim for Spurs will be to finish in the top four and secure Champions League football but the striker believes they are one of the sides that could steal City’s domestic crown.
“This season Chelsea might be the most serious challenger, but we mustn't ignore Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, or United, who will certainly be much stronger than last year,” said the forward.
So can Tottenham mount a serious title challenge?
Three games into the Premier League season and we’ve already seen both sides to the current team.
A well fought win against West Ham on day one was backed up by a positive result against London rivals QPR but Pochettino’s side were well beaten at home by Liverpool.
Pochettino had seemingly worked hard in the transfer market to solve the problems of last season with the arrivals of Eric Dier, Federico Fazio and Ben Davies all positive additions to the squad.
However, those additions weren’t able to help out with a problem Spurs will face over a large chunk of the season; Sunday games following Europa League games on a Thursday night.
The lack of recovery time between Europa League games and weekend Premier League games is a problem that the other sides Dzeko talks about don’t have.
Fortunately for Spurs, Pochettino has increased the number of squad options he has available and if Spurs get into a position where they’re near the top of the league, Europe may take a back seat.
However, they need to respond well and prevent repeats of the defensive capitulation against Liverpool, which was so often the problem on occasions last season.
A tighter defence should allow Tottenham to take more points from tighter games and while the Europa League is a tempting tournament for Spurs to try and win, it could become a platform for the youth team should Spurs become a realistic threat as Dzeko suggests they can do.