Jose Mourinho backs Tottenham to finish above Arsenal

Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho during the Liga NOS match between Vitoria FC and CD Tondela at Estadio do Bonfim on August 12, 2019 in Setubal, Portugal.

Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 away at Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho during the Liga NOS match between Vitoria FC and CD Tondela at Estadio do Bonfim on August 12, 2019 in Setubal, Portugal.

Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports that he still thinks Tottenham Hotspur will finish above Arsenal this season – and both Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp agreed.

Spurs made the short trip to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and had major questions to answer after a shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United last weekend.

Spurs were excellent on the counter-attack in the first half, and went into a 2-0 lead through Christian Eriksen and a Harry Kane penalty, only for Alexandre Lacazette to pull one back before half time.

 

That gave Arsenal the impetus to come out and really have a go in the second half, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang snatching a 2-2 draw for the Gunners.

A breathless second half could have ended with either side claiming all three points, but they had to settle for a point each in the first North London derby of the season.

That means Arsenal sit two points ahead of Spurs after four games played, and whilst that won't be much to get excited about so early into the season, it's at least encouraging for Arsenal after a strong summer.

Now, Mourinho has admitted that whilst Spurs have been unconvincing this season, he still thinks they will finish third in the Premier League this season and again above Arsenal, even though he rates their squad.

Graeme Souness working for Sky Sports

“I still think Tottenham,” said Mourinho. “I would say definitely City and Liverpool, then Tottenham is still the third best team, but I like many things on the Arsenal squad,” he added.

Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness both agreed with Mourinho, feeling Spurs will still finish ahead of Arsenal despite some early teething problems, though Souness is less convinced about Spurs than he once was.

“I thought Spurs would easily finish third, I’m not so sure now, but I do think they will finish above Arsenal,” said Souness.

Jamie Redknapp talks to the media during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on February 23, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

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