Gary Neville: What I really think about Tottenham this season ahead of Chelsea clash

Gary Neville admits that he is a huge admirer of Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino

Gary Neville admits that he is a huge admirer of Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino.

The Lilywhites have been in good form in recent weeks and were 4-1 winners over Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs are now gearing up for their crunch clash against Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night as they look to end the Blues’ 13-game winning run in the Premier League.

Tottenham earned plenty of new admirers last season as Spurs challenged Leicester City for much of the campaign but eventually ended up in third place in the table behind Arsenal.

Former Manchester United defender Neville feels that there are plenty of reasons for Tottenham fans to be positive heading into the new year.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Neville said: “I like Tottenham a lot. I like Mauricio Pochettino a lot. I think they overachieve, in terms of the budget they have. They spend of course, but not to the level of Manchester United or City.

“They look well coached. You look at those players and you think you’d like to have those players. They’re young, hungry, energetic, they’ll do what you want, there’s not egos in there.

“I think that Pochettino seems to assemble those types of teams where they are. I think he’s done a great job, he’s one of my favourite coaches.

“The little dip they had earlier in the season is normal if you’ve got a young team going into the Champions League for the first time. I’ve liked what they’ve done in the past few years, it looks controlled there, and they need to give that manager a long-term contract and pin him down.”

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Tottenham were dumped out of the Champions League at the group stage last year and will now compete in the last 32 of the Europa League.

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