Exclusive: Onuoha backs Tottenham to challenge for Premier League

Exclusive: Onuoha backs Tottenham to challenge for Premier League

Nedum Onuoha tells Sports Mole that Tottenham Hotspur are one of four teams who could challenge his former club Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.

Not to mention Onuoha he believes in his old club Manchester City remain favorites to retain the Premier League title this season, but they did help Tottenham Hotspur as one of the four teams to challenge the Citizens for the top spot.

Man City have been the strongest in the Premier League during the season Pep Guardiola having lifted the trophy in five of the last six years, including three in a row from 2020, and the reigning champions are looking to become the first team in the history of England’s top flight to win four titles in a row.

However, Man City have found themselves in their most competitive fixture so far in the second half of the current campaign and are currently second in the table, on par with both sides. Arsenal in the third is Aston Villa fourth, when Liverpool boasts five points over conference rivals.

Onuoha, who came through the Man City academy and spent eight years at the first team between 2004 and 2012, sees each of the top four as rivals, but feels the quartet could also face competition from Tottenham.

Spurs are currently fifth in the table, three points behind the top four and eight behind Liverpool, but Onuoha has impressed with their turnaround under the new boss. Ange Postecoglou this season.

Exclusive: Onuoha backs Tottenham to challenge for Premier League© Reuters

Talking with Sports Mole following the release of BBC Sounds’ new podcastPlanet Premier League‘ because of what they associate with Cesc FabregasOnuoha said Spurs have the credentials to win each of their remaining 17 league games.

Before Man City beat Tottenham 1-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday, Onuoha said: “I’m a guy who saw City go to Spurs five times without scoring, losing all the games, so it’s not going to happen. I’m full of confidence (in terms of City’s opinion) that Spurs are doing it.” with them near the top of the league, and because I feel, especially this year, it is a very good side.

“I really enjoy watching them play and I think the players enjoy playing [under Postecoglou] also. I think it can be useful for everyone. I think in every game they can beat any team in the league, and I can tell. “

Regarding Man City, who have a game in hand to compete for the title, Onuoha added: “There is a feeling of being favourites, but to be honest it doesn’t make any difference because they still need to do it. Last year they were favorites even though they were second for many seasons.

Manchester City's Nathan Ake celebrates scoring their first goal on January 26, 2024© Reuters

“I think people know how good City can be, but they’re still in the position of chasing Liverpool, the way they were chasing Arsenal last year where they rely on the teams in front of them to make mistakes, score points, and if those teams don’t do that then City will finish second or third or anywhere, as long as it wins their game.

“You can call them favorites, but there are a lot of teams still there (in the title race). I think points will be lost from now until the end of the season and that’s why it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a 90+ point season like we’ve seen in previous years.

“I think this is a race that goes all the way to the end, especially because of this Jurgen Kloppand last season at Liverpool. “

League leaders Liverpool are the side who have collected 24 points from their last 10 games, three fewer than any other team, while table-toppers Arsenal have dropped to third after winning twice in their last six games. game – The Gunners, however, defeated Crystal Palace 5-0 in their most recent game.

As for Aston Villa, their unique home form has been a key part of their success so far; no Premier League team has won more games (nine) or collected more points (28) at home than Unai Emeryside during this campaign.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on April 10, 2022© Reuters

“Liverpool are at the top and they have experience,” Onuoha said. “Arsenal are very close and they have a recent experience and they want to improve on what happened before (last season), then you have Aston Villa, who also have the best home record in the league, we mustn’t forget that.

“Then you have City and you have Spurs. I think they can both take points from each other and whenever these teams play each other, it can be very rewarding. [On Sunday]Liverpool go down to play Arsenal and if Liverpool win that game, it hurts Arsenal’s hopes, but if Arsenal wins that game then it helps the rest.

“It’s fantastic, anything can happen and the way the City players go, everyone in and around them [the top] now, they are there for a reason. I think everyone in and around this place is good enough to be successful. “

The Premier League resumes on Tuesday night as Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest before traveling to Anfield on Sunday to face Liverpool, who are set to focus on Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea.

Man City and Spurs are back in action on Wednesday when they play Burnley and Brentford respectively, while Aston Villa play yesterday at home against Newcastle United.

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