Tottenham are 'long way off' the title, says Chelsea legend

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Pat Nevin believes that Tottenham Hotspur are a long way away from being serious contenders for the Premier League title.

Former Chelsea winger Nevin, who became a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge during the 1980’s, made over 200 appearances for the Blues, winning the Football League Second Division title in 1984.

The Scot has worked as a pundit since his retirement, and is generally regarded as one of the most insightful football writers in the modern day, although on Sunday, when the Blues saw off Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, work commitments saw 51-year-old Nevin elsewhere in London - watching Spurs stall to a 1-0 victory over Southampton.

Spurs, who have been teetering on the edge of success for a number of years, have started the season in less-than-impressive form, winning three and losing two of their seven games so far - although the victory over the Saints did move them into sixth place. They have yet to put in a commanding performance, and when faced with any tough opposition, they have collapsed - such as in the 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

New head coach Mauricio Pochettino has yet to have a positive effect upon his new employers, and Nevin saw nothing that could give hope to the Spurs fans.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Nevin said: “The home team ground out three points against an underwhelming Southampton side.

“Even in the North London crowd it seemed as if they knew they were a long way from being the biggest show in town. It was dull and I’m even yawning right now as I think about it.”

Whilst one may suggest that allegiances to the West side of London have altered his perceptions to portray Spurs as a weaker side, the performance was negative from the North Londoners. Southampton controlled the ball, and were unfortunate not to find the back of the net and return south with a share of the spoils.

And due to the performance, Nevin does not feel as if Spurs are serious contenders for the title, with work still to be done.

He added: "What I can say about my visit to the Lane is that Spurs look a long way off being serious contenders this season, certainly if this game was anything to go by.”

Heading into the international break, Spurs sit eight points off Chelsea in top spot, and, although fighting for the Premier League may be out of their reach, qualification for the Champions League is a target that is well within the talents of their squad.

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