Former Newcastle United head coach John Carver said on BBC Radio 5 live Sport on Friday evening (February 5) that Tottenham Hotspur will not win the Premier League title this season.
Carver argued that Europa League commitments will prove to be a hindrance in Tottenham’s attempt to become the champions of England this campaign.
“I think they (Tottenham) have a good mix, I think they have youth and experience,” said the Englishman. “The biggest problem for me is they are still in the UEFA Cup (Europa League).”
“I think they will fall short because of the European commitments,” added Carver.
Tottenham are second in the Premier League table at the moment with 48 points from 25 matches, five points behind leaders Leicester City.
Although Carver has a point about Tottenham’s involvement in the Europa League, it can be managed with proper planning.
Spurs will take on Fiorentina in Florence in the first leg of the round of 32 tie on February 18. The second leg at White Hart Lane is on February 25, and in between Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in FA Cup action.
The only Premier League game that Tottenham will be affected for due to Europa League commitments is the one against Swansea City at home on February 28.
Can Spurs not win against relegation-threatened Swansea three days after playing a competitive fixture? Sure, they can - or at least they should be able to.
What if Tottenham beat Fiorentina over two legs? More Europa League games? Yes, but it can be managed with proper planning. Moreover, it will also give Spurs the chance to win a major European trophy.