Unlike last year’s valiant performance by Leicester City, it appears this year’s offering doesn’t seem to look like it’s to be won by heart.
If heart is what you were looking for in a Premier League winning side, Tottenham’s trip yesterday to a somewhat disgruntled Manchester City would have given you all you needed to see.
After going 2-0 down to Guardiola’s sky blue men, Pochettino rallied his team from the sidelines to claw back a 2-2 draw at a difficult away fixture in the north west, Spurs putting in something of a scrappy display at times with Kyle Walker almost giving away a penalty to the home side towards the end of the game. By the time final whistle had gone it was clear to see who was the happier of the two sides, especially as Liverpool had lost to Swansea.
With Tottenham now sitting in second place, can they realistically challenge Chelsea for the title this season? Their London rivals look pretty bomb proof at the moment, six points clear with a game at Burnley in hand, you would have to say, it looks unlikely this stage.
However, looking at the fixtures coming up, Chelsea are still to play Liverpool, Arsenal, and both Manchester sides before a no doubt turbulent trip to Goodison Park to finish the season. Comparing that to Tottenham’s run in to the summer – a visit to Anfield and them hosting the North London derby and Manchester United, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s a glimmer of hope.
With Chelsea being out of the European tournaments, and Spurs still competing in the Europa League, the latter face a more congested 2017, however the fact that Tottenham have their more difficult fixtures at home could play a huge part come May. Provided they can keep their stars fit, Spurs best price at 9/1 might look huge in the coming months.
Do you think Tottenham could sneak it? Chelsea to hold on? Let us know in the comments below. Elsewhere in North London, read here about why Arsenal should be thankful for their manager…