Robbie Savage shares what he thought about Tottenham before the season started

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Robbie Savage didn't have particularly high hopes for Spurs in pre-season.

Pundit Robbie Savage has told The Mirror that he has been impressed with Tottenham this season - but didn't expect much from them in pre-season.

Spurs currently sit second in the Premier League table after a superb 2-1 win over Manchester City last weekend, leaving them just two points behind league leaders Leicester City.

Many now make Tottenham favourites for the Premier League title, and this weekend they are in FA Cup action against Crystal Palace. With a Europa League campaign too, Mauricio Pochettino could yet end the season with a historic treble - though fans may not be thinking about that just yet.

Pochettino has earned praise throughout the campaign for turning a Spurs team which finished fifth last season into a legitimate title contender, whilst he also took the league's worst defence in the top 13 teams last season, and turned them into the meanest back line this term.

The Argentine deserves all the credit in the world for that work, and now pundit Robbie Savage has offered his praise to the Spurs boss too.

Savage has told The Mirror that Pochettino's work in the transfer market has been superb, and bodes well for the club over the coming years as they prepare to move into a new stadium, which will obviously have an impact on the transfer budget at White Hart Lane.

Savage also admitted that he thought a top four finish was the absolute best Tottenham could hope for, but has seen them challenge for the title instead in an incredible campaign.

"I have been very impressed with Tottenham," said Savage. "Back in pre-season, I thought a top-four finish was the best they could hope for. But Mauricio Pochettino has built a young, dynamic squad at a net transfer profit of £15million."

"That's a great sign for the next few years, when Spurs' largesse in the market may be constrained to an extent by the cost of building their new stadium, if Pochettino can challenge for the title on a budget," he added.

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