Jamie Carragher has assessed Tottenham’s chance of clinching a top four spot this season and thinks Antonio Conte could be the deciding factor.
Spurs are unbeaten in the Premier League since the Italian coach took over back in November and are six points below north London rivals Arsenal, but have three matches in hand on the Gunners.
Both sides have been tipped to mount a serious challenge for Champions League football once again this season, with West Ham United and Manchester United also threatening to put up a fight.
Now, Carragher, when asked about how Conte has started his job at Tottenham, thinks the “elite” level he regards the former Chelsea boss in is enough for Spurs to secure a top four spot come May.
“The reason why I feel like Spurs have a really good chance of getting into the top four is because they have an elite manager,” Carragher explained on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“They have an elite manager, they have a manager who can realistically go up against Jurgen Klopp, go up against Pep Guardiola, against Thomas Tuchel.
“You look at his record here. He won the Premier League, he won the FA Cup in his second season, he made a great change to start with Spurs and that win ratio (67%) puts him with some elite managers.
“You look at Spurs and you probably have to go back to the most famous manager at the club – Bill Nicholson – who won the double back in ’61. They’ve never had a manager at this level.
“People might say Mourinho, and yes, his record said that, but it wasn’t Mourinho in his prime. I think they have a great manager in their prime right now and I think that’s what gives them a chance.”
Up next for Arsenal
Arsenal won their fourth successive Premier League match on Boxing Day as they cruised past Norwich City 5-0 at Carrow Road.
The Gunners have arguably had some favourable fixtures in recent weeks, but the next few matches will be a big test for Mikel Arteta and his team.
Here are the next six matches in the Premier League for Arsenal: Manchester City (Home – 01/01/22), Tottenham (Away – 16/01/22), Burnley (Home – 22/01/22), Wolves (Away – 10/02/22), Brentford (Home – 19/02/22) and Watford (Home – 05/03/22).
Up next for Tottenham
Meanwhile for Tottenham, it’s also a huge six matches in their season as Conte looks to bring Champions League football back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Here are the next six Premier League fixtures for Spurs: Watford (Away – 01/01/22), Arsenal (Home – 16/01/22), Chelsea (Away – 23/01/22), Southampton (Home – 09/02/22), Wolves (Home – 13/02/22) and Manchester City (Away – 19/02/22).
Source by Football London