Tottenham hero Jurgen Klinsmann has backed his former side to win their first Premier League title this season. Spurs are currently second in the table ahead of the resumption of domestic football this weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s side are set to face a huge test in the coming weeks, with matches against Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
But Klinsmann has seen enough already in the first eight games of the season to think Tottenham can end their 60-year wait for a top-flight title.
“Yeah [they’re challengers] and I think rightfully so, rightfully so,” the German told ESPN FC.
“They’re dreaming about finally maybe getting to that point of winning this amazing trophy. I think it’s a logical path.
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“I think over the past couple of weeks, months, we see something is growing stronger and stronger. Obviously Jose Mourinho has a strong hand in this whole development and he’s a competitor.
“He will give everything he has to make that dream come true, so it’s exciting times for Spurs fans and I keep all my fingers crossed.”
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Mourinho won three Premier League titles across two spells at Chelsea.
And Klinsmann believes the Portuguese will instill the “nastiness” needed into the Spurs squad.
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“I think a successful season is always to get in the top four of the Premier League,” he continued.
“I think qualifying for the Champions League is now a must for Spurs, it’s a must for the big teams there.
“But when you have a season starting like this, every team is a bit all over the place and there’s nobody running away right now, and that’s an opportunity.
“At the end of the day, if you kind of take advantage of that opportunity because the others are not picking up a rhythm, they’re not winning 10 games in a row and running away from you, then throw yourself in there and build that belief and build that culture of winning.
“What Jose Mourinho definitely does, has done really well over the stretch of his entire career, is he has this piece of nastiness and he transfers that type of nastiness, that type of aggression to his players.
“He’s always saying that you’re not winning a championship with good guys, you’ve got to be determined, you’ve got to be tough, you’ve got to be able to sacrifice certain elements over the stretch of a season.
“It’s a marathon and as long as no one runs away in that marathon, which it looks like this season, then there’s a chance for Spurs.”
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