Since losing to Manchester United on the opening day of the season, Spurs are unbeaten.
A late Kieran Gibbs equaliser won Arsenal a point in the north London derby on Sunday but the Gunners’ late pressure didn’t tell and the spoils were shared. Apparently that’s reason enough to say Spurs are in the title race.
The question was even being asked a week before the game.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) November 2, 2015
Now they took a point off us the ‘power shift’ predictors of doom are back out in full force again, and Harry Kane has fuelled their fire with quotes after the north London derby draw.
“It shows that we can be up there with the big teams,” Kane said after Spurs made it to 11 games undefeated. “We probably deserved to win against Liverpool, we beat Manchester City and probably maybe deserved to win at Arsenal as well.
“We’re not just drawing where we’re hanging on, we’re drawing where we’re playing very well and there are chances we could be winning these games.”
Isn’t drawing when you’re playing poorly usually the sign of a strong side? Drawing when you’re playing well isn’t a great thing…is it?
Liverpool were vulnerable at White Hart Lane but Simon Mignolet still earned them a point. Similarly, Petr Čech played well on Sunday afternoon and Arsenal had the better chances to win the game despite missing Aaron Ramsey, Héctor Bellerín, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck.
In the lead and in command of the game against such a depleted and tired looking Arsenal yet they still couldn’t beat us. Is that really a sign of being capable of competing the big teams?
Manchester City were undone at White Hart Lane by two offside goals and a Willy Caballero error in the absence of Joe Hart, so why the fuss around Spurs right now?
They’re certainly playing well under Mauricio Pochettino, they look solid and a nuisance to play against. Do they have enough to trouble the very top teams? On the basis of individual games, yes. Can they keep up over the course of a season? Unlikely.
Tottenham do look good right now, but they’re a long way from competing for the Premier League with the teams at the very top of the table.