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Arsenal and Tottenham are battling with Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea for a spot in next season’s Champions League
Jose Mourinho is backing Tottenham to finish above Arsenal in the Premier League this season.
North London rivals Spurs and the Gunners are fighting for a spot in the top four, and a Champions League place for next season, alongside the likes of title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool , and Manchester United and Chelsea .
Arsenal and Tottenham battled out a 2-2 draw on Sunday – with Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane’s first half strikes cancelled out by Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The stalemate would suggest the two sides are pretty much like-for-like this campaign, after Spurs finished just a point ahead of Unai Emery’s men last season.
But former Chelsea and United boss Mourinho still thinks Spurs will rule north London and be the closest challenger to City and Liverpool.
“I still think Tottenham,” Mourinho said while acting as a pundit on Sky Sports.
“It’s Man City and Liverpool and I still think Spurs are the third-best team. However, I like many things in the Arsenal squad.”
Ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp agreed with Mourinho, citing the players who are still to return from injury as the reason Mauricio Pochettino’s troops will lead their neighbours.
“I am going to go with Spurs because I think they will get better,” Redknapp explained.
“They’ve got Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso to come in still, but they’ve got to stop this slide.
“They’ve got only four wins in their last 15 so this is more than just this transfer window. They’ve got to get better and they’ve got to improve.”