Mark Schwarzer reckons that the return of injured players could give Tottenham the edge in the race for Champions League football – and said that if he was a betting man, he’d place some money on them.
If Manchester City’s two-year ban from all European football doesn’t get overturned at the beginning of next month, fifth-place in the Premier League would be good enough for a place in next seasons elite competition.
Prior to the suspension of English football amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Spurs sat 8th, four points adrift of fifth-place Manchester United, who’re they’re scheduled to play in their first game back on the weekend of 20/21 June.
Jose Mourinho’s men were in wretched form before the break, but once the season does resume, the Tottenham boss will have key men in Moussa Sissoko, Heung Min Son and Harry Kane at his disposal.
And Schwarzer thinks the return of that trio could prove decisive for Spurs.
Asked who he thinks will finish in 4th and 5th, the Australian told the Football Show: “Of course I am going to go with Chelsea. I think Chelsea have got enough, they have got a good enough squad.
“Then it leaves it open for that fifth-place – and I think it’s going to be a real battle.
“Who is my favourite? I like Wolves, I think they have got so many good individual players – but I still think Spurs have an outside shot, and if I was a betting man, I would put a little bit on Spurs, because I fancy them to have that run – and with Jose [Mourinho] involved, those players back – [Harry] Kane, [Heung Min] Son and [Moussa] Sissoko – are huge for them.”