Mark Lawrenson explains why Tottenham remind him of Chelsea's 2014/15 title-winning side

Toby Alderweireld

Mark Lawrenson believes Spurs are similar to the Chelsea side that won the Premier League last season.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Tottenham are similar to the Chelsea side which won last season's Premier League.

Spurs beat Crystal Palace 3-1 away from home last weekend, and sit just five points off top spot in the Premier League after a superb season so far.

Teenage sensation Dele Alli has taken the Premier League by storm this season, whilst fellow midfielders Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele have also enjoyed productive seasons too.

Harry Kane continues to thrive in front of goal, and despite all of that, much of praise is going to Tottenham's superb defence for their displays this season.

Previously seen as something of a soft touch defensively, Spurs have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, conceding just 19 goals in 23 league games this term.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been outstanding, whilst Belgian international centre back Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have struck up a formidable partnership in the heart of defence.

Now, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Tottenham's defence is similar to Chelsea's from last season, which won the league with just 32 goals conceded in 38 Premier League games.

"They're very good defensively," said Lawrenson. "They remind me a bit of Chelsea from last year, where you buy some time in a game where it's not happening for the forwards, or the other team are having a really good spell, and you just make sure that you don't concede - and that's what they do. And the two centre backs are as good a pairing as anybody in the league." he added.

If Spurs can keep it tight at the back, as Chelsea did last season, they will have a great chance of following suit by winning the league - but the injury to Jan Vertonghen is a major blow, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for Kevin Wimmer to step up in his place.

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