Lloris dismisses Spurs’ title hopes
Hugo Lloris has admitted Tottenham are unlikely to be able to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool in the fight for the Premier League title this season.
Spurs have had a frustrating start to the season, picking up just five points from their first four games, leaving them in ninth in the early table.
An opening-weekend win over Aston Villa was followed up by a draw at champions City before a shock home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United. Mauricio Pochettino’s side then let a 2-0 lead slip in the North London derby on Sunday to draw 2-2 with arch-rivals Arsenal at the Emirates.
They look some way behind early leaders Liverpool, who are the only side to win all four games so far, while City also appear vastly superior, despite the 2-2 draw between the two teams at the Etihad which, in truth, was a game they were very lucky to get anything out of.
Pochettino admitted before the European transfer window closed on Monday that his first-team squad was unsettled, while ongoing speculation over the summer that playmaker Christian Eriksen was set to leave didn’t help matters.
Eriksen has ended up staying at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – until January at least – but things do not appear too rosy at the minute as Spurs struggle to live up to some pre-season predictions that they could muscle in on the title race this term.
Goalkeeper Lloris is certainly not very confident they can mount a bid for the top domestic prize in 2019-20.
The France international said: “Liverpool and Man City have the experience and they are really competitive.
“I think, at the moment, there’s something missing from us. We will see later in the season because things turn very quickly in football.
“The most important thing is we focus on ourselves, to get points, to get consistency in the league. And we will see where we are in the table in April, in March.”
Spurs have finished in the top four in each of the last four seasons to secure regular Champions League football and they managed to make it all the way to last season’s final, where they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in Madrid.
However, they slipped out of contention in the title race in the second half of the campaign after initially being talked about as possible contenders.
Following the current international break, Spurs take on Crystal Palace at home on September 14 before a trip to Leicester on September 21.