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Fears of Tottenham’s top-four collapse are blown out of proportion

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Fears of Tottenham’s top-four collapse are blown out of proportion

The Lilywhites look set to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition.

After Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Swansea on Saturday, the Blues narrowed the gap between fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur to two points.

The distance between Spurs and Chelsea was eight points at the start of April, and much has been made in the media about Tottenham’s possible late-season collapse.

However, these fears have been massively overblown. Spurs are still perfectly placed to attain Champions League qualification, despite their recent dip in form.

Tottenham have endured a horrid run of recent results: a 3-1 humbling at home at the hands of Manchester City was followed by a drab draw against Brighton.

Then the north London side were defeated in their biggest match of the season at the hands of Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals.

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Regardless of this poor spell of results, Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain in pole position to claim fourth spot.

Spurs hold a two-point cushion over their London rivals with a game in hand and their run-in presents four entirely winnable fixtures.

Watford, West Brom, Newcastle, and Leicester City beckon for Tottenham in the following weeks; all teams that either have nothing to play for or will have been relegated by the time they face the Lilywhites.

Watford are comfortably mid-table and haven’t won a match since the first week of March, Newcastle are guaranteed safety and have lost two in a row, while Leicester have lost three out of their last four.

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West Brom are the only side who are in decent form, unbeaten in their last four matches and finally playing with confidence. However, Spurs should have little trouble in sweeping away the league’s bottom side, who most likely will be assured of their fate when the two sides meet.

Tottenham have little reason to worry about losing out on Champions League qualification.

Given their straightforward run-in, it still appears the north London club will be playing in the continent’s premier competition for a third year running.

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Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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