Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has explained why he believes Chelsea and Spurs have no chance of winning the Premier League.
Spurs currently sit in third place in the table, just six points behind leaders Liverpool, whereas Chelsea are in fourth 10 points off top spot with 21 games of the season played.
However, Souness has ruled both clubs out of the running for the Premier League title by claiming Spurs will miss Son Heung-min when he soon departs to the Asian Cup and Chelsea can’t compete because they lack a top class striker.
“City and Liverpool will know that to win the league this is how they must continue playing until the end of the season because there is no guarantee of there being any let-up from their principal rival,” Souness told the Sunday Times.
“If you are deducing that I have just reduced this Premier League to a two-horse race then you are absolutely right. Tottenham are a fine team and certainly close enough to be considered as contenders but I can’t see them winning the title.
“Heung-Min Son will head off to the Asian Cup after Spurs’ game against Manchester United a week from now. Depending on how far South Korea progress, Son could miss games against Fulham, Watford and Newcastle.
“Imagine if Harry Kane were to pick up an injury while Son is away – to whom would Tottenham turn for goals?
“I rule out Chelsea because they do not have a centre-forward who is going to score 20 to 25 league goals.
“Liverpool’s four-point lead leaves them in the box seat. There is no certainty in this two-horse race but the leaders are slight favourites.”