Jamie O’Hara believes the top four are out of Tottenham’s reach this season, but is confident his former side can still win the double.
Jose Mourinho’s men have endured a campaign in reverse, but three consecutive Premier League wins – the last of which came on Sunday against Crystal Palace – have put the North London team back in the Champions League.
But former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara doesn’t think it’s a realistic feat and instead argues that trophies-shy Tottenham should focus on silverware for the first time in 13 years.
“I don’t think they can get into the top four because I think they’re too far away now and have blurted out too much,” O’Hara told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“They could win the Europa League though, so all of a sudden you have to pick your best team.
“You can’t keep playing Bale week after week because he’s going to fall apart. You have to keep him in shape. The best chance for the Champions League final is to win the Europa League.
“I’m watching Leicester and Manchester United… we’ve given ourselves a lot to do. They should be in very good shape, but it should be said that it is there for them.
“They should always go for the Europa [League]. I think they can win double.
“I think they can win the League Cup against this Manchester City side and they could potentially win the Europa League so it could turn out to be a great season.”
Bale continued his resurgence with a brace in the victory over London rival Palace, with Mourinho claiming the Wales star had recovered from the ‘psychological scars’ he had left after a difficult period at Real Madrid.
And O’Hara praised his former Tottenham teammate on the same show, who he says now looks like a ‘real, real threat’.
“I’m just looking at them and I feel like they have a real advantage in their game. Suddenly they’ve regained that confidence and that conviction and they’re going after the teams,” O added. ‘Hara.
“You look at Bale when he first came into the squad he would come in and pass her and not go inside.
“But now when I look at him he cuts in and kicks the ball off, gets into the penalty area and makes those runs.
“He would not have scored this type of goal [against Crystal Palace] two months ago, because he didn’t have that kind of physical form or mentality to put himself in the scoring position.
“But he has it now and appears to be a real, real threat. The four-backs too… I think getting Eric Dier off the line a bit paid off because they look a lot more solid.