Roman Pavlyuchenko tips Tottenham for title challenge

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Russian spent four years at Tottenham Hotspur.

Roman Pavlyuchenko has told Tottenham Hotspur's official website that he believes they have a "good chance" of winning the Premier League title this season.

Tottenham are seven points behind top-of-the-table Chelsea, who can extend their lead over Spurs to 10 points by beating West Brom at home tomorrow.

Mauricio Pochettino's side will have the chance to restore the seven-point gap but only if they win at Manchester United in the 2pm kickoff.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Failing to win would make it very difficult to win the title if the Blues beat Albion, but so far Pavlyuchenko, who spent four years in North London, is liking what he has seen from his former side.

“I think the play of Tottenham can allow them to fight for the gold medal," he told Tottenham's official website.

"The team has a good chance of winning the Premier League, because they have good players and some teams are not showing their best form."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino during training

Pavlyuchenko isn't that fondly remembered at White Hart Lane after struggling for regular goals during his four-year stint with the Lilywhites.

He joined on a £14 million deal from Spartak Moscow in 2008 - a sizeable fee at the time - but never showed the same class as Dimitar Berbatov, who left to join United shortly after his arrival.

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

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