Arsenal legend explains what will end Tottenham’s title hopes this season

Martin Keown feels that the distraction of Europa League football next year could end Tottenham's title bid

Martin Keown says he has been hugely impressed by Tottenham Hotspur’s form in recent weeks but feels that the added burden of playing in the Europa League next year will damage their title hopes.

Spurs have earned plenty of new admirers for their performances under Mauricio Pochettino over the last 18 months.

The Lilywhites were Leicester City’s closest challengers in the Premier League last season but eventually ended up third in the table and behind Arsenal in the top flight.

Spurs head into this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures in fifth place in the table and looking to get their title bid back on track.

Pochettino’s side were impressive 4-1 winners over Southampton in midweek as they look to put the disappointment of their Champions League group stage exit behind them.

Although the former Arsenal defender has been very impressed by Spurs this season, he feels that the distraction of the Europa League could affect their title bid in the new year.

Asked if Tottenham are title challengers, Keown told The Daily Mail: “I don’t think anyone has been as consistent over the last 18 months as Tottenham.

“They thought they were going to be champions and they dealt with the hurt and the disappointment.

“I have been immensely impressed with the way that they play and the calmness of their manager, Mauricio Pochettino. He has an unstinting belief in his players.

“However I do feel that playing on a Thursday night in the Europa League will not help them in the second half of the season.”

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