Frank Lampard believes Tottenham Hotspur will finish in the top six under Mauricio Pochettino this season.
The Manchester City midfielder says that he has been impressed by Pochettino and Spurs' new boss should thrive with more quality at his disposal than he had at Southampton, but feels that the top four may be a stretch too far.
“I think they’ll be up and around the top six this season," he said to City's official site. "They may go through a slight transitional period but I was very impressed with their manager when he was at Southampton and if he can bring the same imprint on Tottenham, who arguably have more quality within their squad, they’ll do really well."
“I’m sure their aim is to get into the Champions League, but it won’t be easy and there is a lot of competition and there are a lot of teams all trying to achieve the same goal.”
Lampard is preparing to face Spurs with City and he will be determined to continue his good form against the North-London side.
During his Chelsea days the England international regularly found the back of the net against the Lilywhites and he expressed a desire to do the same for his new club.
“I’ve done alright against Spurs over the years and playing them was always a big game at Chelsea,” he said.
Lampard has made an impressive start to life at the Etihad, winning the player of the month award for September, and he will be looking to continue his fine form against Tottenham.
If Pochettino's men are to meet Lampard's expectations of a top-six finish then they will probably have to improve on their current level of performances.
The side have struggled slightly over the opening course of the campaign, but they have made improvements in more recent games against Arsenal and Southampton.
Any result they get against City would have to be considered an upset, though, and the match is sure to be their toughest test to date this season.