Paul Merson predicts that Tottenham Hotspur will position outside of the Champions League berths and not finish ahead of their north London rivals.
This forecast was made by the Sky Sports commentator in his most recent Sportskeeda column as he discussed his hopes for the next season.
A few months earlier, Spurs were able to benefit from Arsenal’s season-ending collapse, which helped Antonio Conte’s team secure a top-four finish following a disastrous start under Nuno Espirito Santo.
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Even with Conte at the helm and substantial window additions, Merson thinks Spurs will lose out to Arsenal for a top-four finish.
“I’d have to choose Arsenal if I were to choose between the two north London teams. As they’ll have a number of difficult midweek games to accommodate in between their Premier League obligations, Tottenham’s participation in the UEFA Champions League this season might be a problem for them, Merson said.
They don’t really have a large team, which may be the deciding factor. The UEFA Europa League, on the other hand, isn’t very high in quality, at least as compared to the Champions League, therefore Arsenal should be able to handle their domestic responsibilities.
TIF Opinions about Merson’s remarks…
We do find it challenging to concur with this conclusion. Spurs play Champions League football, but to prepare for the additional games, they made some significant signings this summer.
Similarly, Arsenal will play on Thursday evenings and, given their high expectations for the tournament, they may have more European matches than Spurs.
The primary problem with Merson’s prognosis, in our opinion, is that Spurs did not begin to play well until November, when Conte took over, and we are unable to imagine Harry Kane scoring one league goal by December once more.
Some experts predict that Spurs will aim for the championship race in the upcoming season along with their transfer business since they already appear to be setting the bar for fitness levels this off-season.