Steven Gerrard outlines key advantage Tottenham have had in title race

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The former Liverpool and England captain says Spurs will have benefited from never having been the frontrunner in the race.

Former Liverpool and England captain Steve Gerrard has claimed in his column for the Telegraph that Tottenham Hotspur have been helped in their bid to sustain a title challenge by the fact they have never been the frontrunner.

Spurs spent almost the entirety of the first half of the season outside the top four, and after losing 1-0 at home to Leicester City on 13 January they were in fourth spot, seven points adrift of the summit and seemingly in a battle for the last Champions League spot.

However, since that defeat they have won 10 of their 13 Premier League matches, losing just once, and they stand as the Foxes only realistic rivals for the title, sitting just five points adrift ahead of Claudio Ranieri's men facing Swansea City this afternoon.

Gerrard, whose Liverpool side led the title race two years ago before suffering a late collapse to finish second to Manchester City, knows all about the pressure of leading a charge in the final weeks of the season.

He believes that Spurs have benefited from the fact they have never been frontrunners for the title this term, and says that momentum could be shifting their way with Leicester's runaway top scorer Jamie Vardy suspended.

Gerrard wrote in his Telegraph column: "Tottenham are more likely [than Leicester] to sustain an annual challenge because they have such a young, emerging team, but there will still be the same feeling of taking a rare and unexpected opportunity before the usual 'big four’ rebuild and fight back.

"It has been so long since their club won a league title, they too have a particular pressure on them but they have been chasing all season, never quite having that same level of expectation that comes with being a frontrunner. That has helped them.

"Spurs will have watched that [Vardy red card] and convinced themselves their time is coming. Mauricio Pochettino will be telling his players there are more twists to come, shifting momentum their way."

If - and it is a big if - Leicester drop points against the Swans in Vardy's absence, Pochettino's side will have a golden opportunity to move within a win's difference of leapfrogging the leaders with just three matches remaining if they can beat West Brom on Monday night.

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