Race for the top four: Can Spurs cause an upset?

Tottenham Hotspur have been simply sublime at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign and currently sit fifth after 13 Premier League matches. Spurs have shown plenty of quality in recent weeks are in a good run of form. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are full of confidence and look well set to challenge for a top-four spot this season. With Chelsea faltering, this may be the year that Tottenham finally join England’s elite in the Champions League but they mustn’t get ahead of themselves as there are still plenty of points to be won throughout the remainder of the campaign.

On current form, Tottenham are almost unbeatable. Spurs are dominating matches and have deservedly climbed up to fifth in the table after some impressive displays in recent weeks. Harry Kane is on fire right now and has scored seven goals in Tottenham’s last four Premier League matches. If Kane can maintain this level of performance, Spurs will stand an excellent chance of achieving their ultimate goal of a top-four finish. One thing’s for sure, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a fan and Tottenham Hotspur tickets will likely be akin to gold dust at the moment.

Pochettino’s grand plan is finally beginning to take shape. While the former Southampton boss has had his critics during his time at White Hart Lane, he has definitely introduced a new brand of football at the club. Under the likes of Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, Tottenham failed to exceed expectations and always seemed to settle for the bare minimum. With Pochettino at the helm, nothing is impossible and Spurs could even challenge for the title in a couple of seasons. That’s how good they are. If they can keep hold of their top stars and continue to invest heavily in the transfer window, Tottenham may secure their first Premier League title. It would certainly be a welcome addition to the trophy room at White Hart Lane.

Defensively, Spurs are looking a lot more assured this season – which is a key reason for their success. In the last few years, Tottenham have always had a reliable attacking unit but have sometimes lacked reliability and organisation at the back. In front of Hugo Lloris, the likes of Kyle Walker and Toby Alderweireld – who both scored in Tottenham’s 4-1 victory against West Ham on Sunday – and Jan Vertonghen have all been phenomenal this season and are full of confidence. Self-belief is important in most sports but even more so in football and Tottenham are benefiting from the much-improved efforts of these players.

At the time of writing, Tottenham have conceded just 11 goals this season – which is the joint-second fewest in the top flight. If they maintain their current level of performance, they will stand a great chance of securing a place in Europe’s elite club competition. While they may struggle to cope with an injury to Kane, Tottenham certainly aren’t a one-man team and should have enough talent in their ranks to cover any major injury issues. Only time will tell but this may be their greatest chance of securing a place in the top four and, on current form, Spurs are showing no signs of faltering.

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