Tottenham legend Jurgen Klinsmann has claimed that his former club still have every chance of fighting for the Premier League title this season. Jose Mourinho’s side have failed to return to winning ways since the victory over bitter rivals Arsenal at the beginning of December, slipping to seventh in the table as a result.
Spurs initially looked to be set for a battle with defending champions Liverpool at the top of the standings, but the north London outfit are now seven points adrift of the Reds, who lead second-placed Manchester United by three points.
Klinsmann, who scored 31 goals in 58 matches for Spurs, believes that the club can steer themselves back on course to clinch their first top flight crown since 1961.
The former Germany and Hertha Berlin manager cited the festive period as a key part of the campaign, urging critics to re-evaluate the club’s situation after the turn of the new year.
“They are still there,” Klinsmann told ESPN when quizzed on Tottenham’s title chances.
JUST IN: Tottenham make Diego Costa ‘transfer priority’ upon Mourinho request
“This is really now a crucial time period, how to get through the winter period now, Christmas, New Year, and then how things will look like in February [or] March when the European competitions are coming up again, and you play the FA Cup as well.
“Jose Mourinho is known for being very, very strategic in everything he’s doing. He is still there, so don’t write them off only because they don’t maybe play the most exciting football at the moment. They are still among the contenders.”
Mourinho claimed earlier in December that his side need to avoid becoming distracted by speculation surrounding the title race, instead urging his players to remain level-headed and devote themselves to the job at hand.
“If the talk outside is positive talk, we have to be patient and calm and not excited,” he told Sky Sports. “If the talk is negative and critical, we cannot be affected by that either.
“We have to be cool, we have to keep a balance and give everything we have, always, and at the end of the season we will see what happens.”
The charismatic Portuguese boss could well be looking to utilise the transfer market once again in January after a busy summer window.
Reports over the last few days have linked RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer with a move to north London, with Spurs reportedly set to go head-to-head with Arsenal to land the 26-year-old midfielder.
The club is also expected to terminate the loan deal of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica in the coming days.
He has not featured in the Premier League this season having been pushed down the pecking order by the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele, and it appears that he has now been deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho.