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Danny Murphy: Tottenham are in a race for the top-four

What a difference a few weeks makes. Tottenham have gone under the radar somewhat this season, but over the last month or so, they have found themselves at the centre of everything that the Premier League has to offer. At one point, they were suddenly in the title picture, but a poor run that has included losses to Burnley, Chelsea and Southampton has put the Lilywhites in a very different position. 

Now, a prospective title challenge has turned into Tottenham needing to cling onto a spot in the top-four, and TalkSport pundit Danny Murphy has said exactly what fans won’t be wanting to admit – that their top-four spot is under threat.

Asked if Tottenham fans should be worried about their top-four chances, Murph said: “A little bit”.

He continued: “They’ve had a little stutter. It’s going to be really tight now. They’ve got to go to Manchester City and they’ve got to go to Anfield – two ridiculously tough fixtures.”

It’s been a remarkably poor few weeks for Spurs, and what is perhaps most interesting about it is that it has contrasted with a stellar run of form in Europe – with back-to-back wins against Borussia Dortmund. Has that distracted the players? Maybe, but the reality is that the Premier League is arguably even more important than their conquests on the continent.

Unless they win the Champions League, which is still unlikely, Spurs will, of course, need to finish in the top four, and at present, they’re risking losing their spot in the leading pack. Their poor form in recent weeks has put them just 4 points ahead of Chelsea in 6th place, and so another poor result could mean that they’re in real trouble.

As Murphy notes, too, they don’t have an easy spell between now and the end of the season, with games against Premier League leaders Man City and Liverpool. On top of that, though, they’ve also got games against the likes of West Ham, Bournemouth and Everton, and they are three teams that are tricky to beat on their day.

The good news for Tottenham at this stage is that their destiny is still in their hands. If they win every game between now and the end of the season, they’ll finish 3rd, and that’s the message that Mauricio Pochettino must drill into his players.

However, they cannot let their foot off the gas, and their poor spell over the last few weeks must end with their next game. Spurs fans won’t want to admit it, but they’ve got a real battle on their hands.

Tottenham fans – are yous till confident of a top-four finish? Let us know below!

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