Spurs legend says top four is still a realistic prospect for Tottenham

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 12:56pm

By Ali McDowall

Former Tottenham midfielder Gary Mabbutt thinks the North London club still have a good chance of finishing in the Champions League places. 

Last season’s runners up Tottenham tumbled out of the Champions League last night following a 4-0 aggregate defeat to German side RB Leipzig. 

The disappointing result comes just a week after José Mourinho’s side lost to Norwich in the FA Cup, meaning a top four finish is all there is left to fight for. 

It’s not outside the realm of possibility but in this form it is a tough ask as the North London club’s season looks to be coming apart at the seams. 

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Speaking to Richard Lee and Patrick Christys on Love Sport Breakfast, Tottenham Hotspur legend Mabbuutt said Mourinho needs time to build his side and a late charge to finish in the top four is not outside the realm of possibility. 

“And yeah, José is working with a team that he hasn't built. He's trying to pull a team together whereby trying to bring in youngsters, trying to get the right ones through at the right time.

"So everyone's clamouring for what's happening at the club and the way things are going, it's been a tough few weeks for us. 

“But now all we've got to concentrate on is the league. And, you know, top four is not out of reach. Certainly, we need to up performances, but it's still certainly a realistic prospect.”

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He added that Mourinho has had a tough task and the recent dip in form is the result of fixture congestion and injuries to key players.

"Very tough game last week in the FA Cup with extra-time. A tough game away at Burnley, travelling away on Monday to Leipzig playing the game on Tuesday. It's been a very tough week. 

"I think the players did look a bit jaded last night, certainly Leipzig over both games were the better team. So I think as José was saying, I think the better team won. 

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“But you know, we've got what we've got at the moment, and we've got injuries to key players. Yeah, we have to deal with it. José has to deal with it. 

"But what people tend to forget is that for any manager taking over a club mid-season, especially in December, when it's probably the worst time with games coming every two or three days, it's a very tough prospect.” 

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