Ex-Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann says his former club can go on to win the Premier League under Jose Mourinho this season.
Spurs currently sit second in the league having picked up 17 points from their opening eight games. Only Leicester, who have a point more, are above them as things stand.
But with the North London club currently on a seven-match unbeaten run, talk that they could mount a serious title challenge this term is ramping up.
And Klinsmann has now had his say on his their chances of success this term, stating these are “exciting times” for Spurs and their fans after their good start.
Speaking to ESPN FC (via the Daily Express) he said: “Yeah [they’re challengers] and I think rightfully so, rightfully so.
“They’re dreaming about finally maybe getting to that point of winning this amazing trophy. I think it’s a logical path.
“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.”
Mourinho ‘nastiness’ the driving force
Klinsmann also says that having Mourinho in charge is one thing that could help Spurs finally get their hands on the Premier League.
The Portuguese manager has won the English top flight three time previously, all with Chelsea.
And Klinsmann says that his knowledge of what it takes to get over the line could be crucial in Tottenham finishing top come the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
“I think a successful season is always to get in the top four of the Premier League,” he added.
“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.”
Mourinho’s side are back in Premier League action on Saturday when they play host to Manchester City.
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