ESPN pundit says Spurs will be even better

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Will Tottenham Hotspur be even better this season, despite having Champions League football to juggle?

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Stuart Holden has told ESPN that he believes Tottenham Hotspur will be a more formidable force than they were last season.

Spurs finished third in the Premier League last term but they will feel that their 11-point deficit from champions Leicester City at the end does them an injustice.

For a long time toward the end of the campaign, Tottenham were Leicester's only challengers as the Lilywhites had genuine claim on a first top-flight league title since 1961, but a demoralising last three matches scuppered their chances.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the match

Nevertheless, it still ranks as an excellent season for Tottenham after qualifying for the Champions League, and manager Mauricio Pochettino has fattened up the squad to compete on two fronts, with the signings of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen.

The former Bolton midfielder admits that juggling both the Champions League and Premier League will be difficult, but Holden believes Pochettino's side will be even stronger this time around as a whole - a claim which Spurs fans certainly hope proves to be accurate.

Tottenham's Vincent Janssen

"With the continuity and the players having had a rest, I think Tottenham will be even better this season," he told ESPN.

"The only distraction I see is Champions League and having to deal with that on two fronts. But in league [they'll finish] top four, for sure."

They kick off their Premier League campaign with a visit to Everton on Saturday afternoon.

Tottenham's Vincent Janssen in action with Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis

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