Jose Mourinho thinks Tottenham “could be champions” this season – if they played in a different European country.
The Premier League title race looks set to be tighter than it has been in recent years this term. Liverpool lead the way but have faltered already, while Manchester City are currently in the bottom half of the table.
Meanwhile, the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Leicester City have all impressed, leading to talk of another club ending the duopoly of Liverpool and Manchester City.
But Mourinho has acknowledged Tottenham will find it difficult to win the Premier League because of the quality of the division’s other top sides.
“I would say that this team could be champions in many European countries,” Mourinho said after Spurs’ 1-0 victory at West Brom on Sunday (via Sky Sports).
“In the Premier League it is the most difficult one to be [champions].
“You can do a good season, you can have a lot of points but in the end you know – Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man United, Leicester, Arsenal – you can have a good season and not be champions.”
Tottenham haven’t lost in the Premier League since an opening day defeat to Everton, but their performances haven’t been perfect since.
Even against West Brom, the Londoners laboured to a late victory and relied on Harry Kane’s clinical edge.
But their ability to win when playing poorly might prove crucial if they are still in the title race when push comes to shove in a few months.