Steve McClaren claims Tottenham would be title contenders without the Europa League

Steve McClaren

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has heaped praise on Tottenham.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren told a press conference earlier today that he thinks Tottenham would challenge for the title if they weren't in the Europa League, as quoted by the club's Twitter account.

McClaren is looking to build on last weekend's 2-0 win over Liverpool with another positive result on Sunday, as Newcastle travel down to North London to take on Tottenham.

Whilst Newcastle have struggled at the bottom of the table with just three wins to their name this season, Tottenham have been in outstanding form under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs are currently on a 14-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, and sit just three points behind fourth placed Manchester United and only six points adrift of Premier League leaders Leicester City.

There are many that believe Tottenham can secure a top four place this season, and others have even tipped Pochettino's men for a possible title challenge.

Ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane this weekend, Newcastle boss McClaren has claimed that Spurs would be right in the running for the Premier League title - if they weren't in the Europa League.

Spurs are in fact in Europa League action tonight, as they take on Ligue 1 outfit Monaco in the final group game before the knockout stages.

It's often been said that playing Thursday and Sunday due to Europa League games is difficult, and Tottenham certainly found that last season with some disappointing displays immediately after Europa League ties.

This time around, it doesn't seem to be troubling Spurs quite so much, but Pochettino should be looking to rest the likes of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane this evening in order to have them ready and prepared to take on Newcastle this weekend.

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