BBC pundit Savage: I’m a big fan of Tottenham, but no top four this term

The retired midfielder has praised the work that Mauricio Pochettino has done this season but predicts a near miss.

Tottenham travel to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow in what promises to be a critical game in the North London side’s chances of finishing in the top four.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently three points adrift of the fourth-placed Red Devils and realistically need to win the game to put themselves right back in the mix.

BBC pundit Robbie Savage has praised Spurs for what they have achieved this season and picked out the club’s manager for particular praise.

“I am a big fan of what Mauricio Pochettino has done since he took charge of Tottenham,” the Welshman stated to the BBC.

“Pochettino has taken them to a cup final and got them playing with a high intensity. He also has brought Harry Kane through really well, and the whole team has made big strides recently.”

However, Savage states that Spurs will not finish in the top four this season and has picked out the team’s defence for criticism.

“Their defence is suspect, however,” he continued.

“They have conceded at least nine more league goals than the other teams in the top six, and they always seem to let the opposition back in games.

“Along with Liverpool, Spurs are the most-improved top-flight team not to have changed manager since the start of the season but I still think their season will end with another near-miss.”

Spurs have only played one Champions League campaign since the competition was formed and have been pipped at the post on a number of occasions by North London rivals Arsenal.

The White Hart Lane side have a relatively favourable run-in, but still must face Manchester City at home and travel to Southampton, Newcastle and Everton.

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