Former Spurs star Paul Robinson believes Tottenham have a “real opportunity” to qualify for the Champions League when football resumes in June.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Robinson insists the lack of home advantage could play into Jose Mourinho’s hands as it will make for some “strange results” in the remaining fixtures.
Last week, Harry Kane told the club’s official website that the Lilywhites may need to win eight games from a possible nine to clinch a top-four spot.
Jose Mourinho’s side are currently eighth in the Premier League, seven points away from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, with Manchester United, Wolves and Sheffield United all in the mix.
However, the pundit feels the fact that games will be played behind closed doors can work to the club’s benefit.
He told football writer Dylan Childs: “They are relying on other teams dropping points but we are in unprecedented times where the home advantage has disappeared. I think we will see some strange results and some results that we were not expecting.
“I am very glad that the league will be played out but I am glad I am not a gambler between now and the end of the season because results will be very hard to predict!
“Tottenham are seven points off Chelsea but there is a real opportunity to close that gap.”
It is hard to argue with Robinson here, as the recent Bundesliga results suggest home advantage has been wiped out without fans being at games.
Indeed, Danny Higginbotham revealed that there were 14 home wins out of 36 games before football was suspended in Germany, whereas there have only been 8 home victories out of 35 games after the nationwide lockdown was lifted (The Sun).
Moreover, Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko have all recovered from injury and are ready to return. Mourinho has been plagued by injury throughout the season so far and there is no doubt this update will give the Portuguese a major boost.
Stadiums across the country are usually full to the brim with fans but social distancing guidelines mean it won’t be happening anytime soon. Mourinho’s side will likely have to play in neutral venues which will create a level playing field.
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