Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle thinks his former club can win the Premier League title this season. The 58-year-old pundit believes Mauricio Pochettino's squad boast the necessary quality to claim the title.
However, Hoddle is not sure if the Tottenham players have the self-belief needed to overcome the likes of Manchester City and their eternal rivals Arsenal to finish at the top of the table."There is no doubt that Tottenham have the ability to win the Premier League title in this unpredictable season, but I ask the question whether they seriously believe they can do it," Hoddle told ESPN.
"This is a one-off year, with Manchester United struggling and the champions Chelsea falling out of the top four in inexplicable circumstances. I look at that Tottenham squad and there is no reason they cannot compete with Arsenal and Man City, and I guess we have to put Leicester in the mix for the title now. If Leicester are in there, Spurs are certainly contenders as well."
Despite this, the former Tottenham manager admitted Arsenal and Manchester City remain the most likely candidates to win the Premier League. "Manchester City and Arsenal are the favourites, but they are both dropping points regularly and that's why we see Leicester sitting at the top of the table heading into February," he said.
"Spurs are not used to being within touching distance of the top teams at this stage of the season, but they are there on merit and could be crowned as champions so long as they retain a belief that they can get the job done.
"At this moment, we don't know whether that inner confidence is there within the Spurs players and I guess we will only find out whether they have got what it takes when we get into the back end of the season."
Hoddle also thinks Tottenham stand a very good chance of lifting the FA Cup this season. The White Hart Lane club play League One strugglers Colchester in the fourth round on Saturday (30 January).
"The FA Cup has certainly been an important competition for Arsenal over the last couple of years as it has given them the silverware they were craving, and Pochettino and Spurs will be looking at this competition as a big opportunity to win something this season," the Tottenham legend said.