Tim Sherwood ignores Tottenham for title race but backs Chelsea to challenge Liverpool

Chelsea will challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title this season but Tottenham won’t, according to former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood. Tottenham sit third in the table following Sunday’s 2-1 win at home to Brighton. But Sherwood left his old side out of the teams he thinks can claim top spot this term.

Liverpool currently sit on top, with Chelsea seventh and City down in 10th.

And speaking on Saturday, Sherwood claimed it will be between those three sides come the end of the campaign.

“It’s my firm belief that we’re watching the champions today, whichever game you’re going to watch,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions.

“It’s either going to be Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester City. That’s my opinion.

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“I think Chelsea have got a squad now, I still think defensively they’re a little bit poor but I think they’ve got the firepower going forward to really challenge.

“Liverpool have obviously got defensive problems, with [Virgil] Van Dijk missing, that’s going to be crucial.

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“All of a sudden Man City have got a defence that looks like a championship-winning defence.

“They need to get [Sergio] Aguero fit and a bit more firepower up there, then I’d give them a real chance as well. But I can’t see beyond these three teams.”

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Meanwhile, Watford striker Troy Deeney also doesn’t think Tottenham will win the league.

Deeney says Spurs’ reliance on Harry Kane and Heung-min Son will mean they fall short.

“Can they? Yes they can. Will they? I’m probably going to stick to the no,” Deeney told talkSPORT.

“I just think over the course of the season and the result in midweek showed it as well, if they were to get an injury to Kane or Son, have they got someone that can step up and score the goals?

“[Gareth] Bale’s had his injuries so you can’t rely [on him]. I don’t mean that in a negative [way].

“Can you sit there and go ‘he’s gonna be fit all year round’?

“That’s why he’s not starting at the minute. They are easing him back in.

“He hasn’t had a proper pre-season in a while.

“I think ultimately they will always concede goals as well. They will always give teams chances so they might just fall short.

“But I would say top four, I believe they can get top four.”

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