Paul Merson believes Tottenham finishing fourth would be a failure.
Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday (27/02/2016) that he thinks finishing fourth would be a failure for Tottenham this season.
This weekend, Spurs take on North London rivals Arsenal in a crucial derby match, as both teams have aspirations of winning the title despite sitting behind Leicester.
It's certainly been an unexpected push for the title from Tottenham, whose target before the start of the season was simply to qualify for the Champions League, rather than end up lifting the Premier League title come May.
Champions League football is virtually guaranteed right now, but some now believe that finishing fourth would be a major disappointment for Tottenham.
Speaking on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday (27/02/2016), pundit Paul Merson suggested that a fourth place finish would be a failure for Spurs, as the fortunes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United mean this is a 'once in a lifetime opportunity'
Merson also praised Tottenham's players for their attitude, stating that manager Mauricio Pochettino has created a competitive environment at White Hart Lane, where fringe players are coming in and performing.
"I would say so," said Merson when asked whether finishing fourth would be a failure. "Because this is their best chance of winning the Premier League. You've only got to look at where Chelsea are, what Manchester United have done this season, Liverpool and Manchester City haven't been great - this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For me, this is the year."
"The players that are coming into the team are hitting the ground running - they're not coming into the team and thinking 'I'm only playing this game because so-and-so isn't playing, it doesn't matter what I do, whatever I do I'm not playing on Sunday' - it isn't like that. They come and go 'I play well, if I'm back out of the team, I'll wait again'. Fair play to everybody, the whole group," he added.
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