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Hughes: Spurs WON'T Make Top Four

Hughes: Spurs WON'T Make Top Four

Tottenham Hotspur were most people's tip to break into the top four this season, but Blackburn Rovers Manager Mark Hughes can't see this, in fact he can't see past the usual suspects himself.

Tottenham (who started their season with a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland today) have spent VERY big this summer, which has led to many of the experts believing that they could be the team to break Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United's strangle hold on the top four places (with Arsenal most believed to be in danger?!?!) in the Premiership.

However Hughes (and I'm sure this will not be liked by our friends at Spurs) is not buying this theory, he said (in some quotes I saw on, not sure where they came from as they didn't say):

"The top four are very strong. People suggest Arsenal may slip out of the top four but I don't go along with that view. They are a top-quality side still.

"There's a lot of money sloshing around but more often than not the big four get the majority of it and so that does have an impact.

"When the champions of the Premier League are investing significant amounts that tells you that even when you are strong you still have to strengthen.

"United are champions and they are used to having the gold lion on their sleeve.

"They have defended their title well in the past and it will be a good team that beats United - but plenty of them want to do it


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Date:Saturday August 11 2007
Time: 10:32PM


Before it is suggested this IS NOT intended to win up you Spurs fans!!!
Personally (as much as it pains me lol!) I would have to admit Spurs are close to catching these teams but if they lose to teams like Sunderland (no offence to them) they WON'T do it will they. Chelsea, Liverpool & Manure are away, but as much as I thought Arsenal might have fallen away I'm not sure now, so it'll probably be normal service this season.
Hughes Da Man
11/08/2007 22:36:00
Despite your protests i'm currently visualising the monsterous grin across your face whilst posting this article!!! You're right though if we don't get our act together against middle of the road opposition it'll be UEFA next season [or even worse intertoto! :-)]
11/08/2007 23:13:00
First game of the season, in terms of merely qualifying for the Champions League, doesnt honestly mean a lot. Spurs are a really strong side, I'd say its very close between them and Arsenal for fourth place regardless of what Spurs did today.
11/08/2007 23:17:00
OK then, maybe I've taken some satisfaction in this, which I must admit when I came across it I found it to good to pass by, especially after a few run ins the two sets of fans had last season :) lol
Personally Spurs are the closest team realistically to the top four, but if they DON'T make it this season then you could be in trouble next summer?!?!
Hughes Da Man
11/08/2007 23:18:00
The man knows his *****! If Arsenal are going anywhere, it's up.
11/08/2007 23:24:00
Agree, we're in a similar boat to you in that respect. If we don't at least maintain the standards from the previous seasons the better players will probably be off and with all the sugar daddy’s floating about it could become a real dogfight
11/08/2007 23:28:00
I agree HDM. Players like Berbatov, Lennon, Keane and King will be demanding Champions League football now, rather than wanting it. It really is make or break for spurs this season!
11/08/2007 23:29:00
simmy, why do Spurs have a genuine belief that they can finish ahead of us? With players like Jenas, Zokora, Gardner, Malbranqua and Tianio they dont have a chance. Our reserve players are better than thier first team!
12/08/2007 02:00:00
I think Spuds do have the quality but after watching yesterday's game I would be concerned for them largely due to a horrendously average midfield. Granted, superb striking options but a basic midfield will thwart the boys from white heart lane. No width, no ingenuity, and meagre glimpses of skill. Berbs was the most creative player but he can't do it all. Jenas was laughable! So on the evidence of yesters display I will whole-heartedly agree with Hughes. Alas, I'm sure there is more to come from Spuds.
12/08/2007 09:46:00
Hughes always did know what he was talking about :-)
12/08/2007 09:55:00
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