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Dele Alli has backed Tottenham to challenge Manchester City next season, just days after Pep Guardiola’s side clinched the Premier League title without even playing.

City made that situation possible with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Alli’s Spurs on Saturday, and the title was guaranteed when West Brom defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford the following day.

Guardiola’s side have five games remaining to break a number of Premier League records, with them hoping to set a new highest points total and set the record for goals scored, having already completed an incredible run of 18 straight league victories which broke the previous record.

Following Saturday’s defeat to City, Tottenham are 20 points behind the Etihad Stadium club, but Alli has no doubt the Lilywhites will be able to compete at the top of the table next season.

“Yeah, I’d say so,” Alli told talkSPORT. “I don’t see why not.

“Every team is looking to improve – no one wants to stand still, no wants to say ‘this is our level’ – everyone wants to achieve more.

“They are a great side, and they’ve got young players as well, which is good.

“But like I said, everyone wants to improve and everyone wants to win the Premier League.

“We just have to keep improving as a team.”

Having failed to seriously challenge in any of the Premier League, Champions League or EFL Cup this season, Spurs’ only real chance of success comes in the form of the FA Cup.

The Lilywhites have a proud history in the competition, but they’ve not got their hands on the trophy since 1991, and must face Manchester United in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Falling at this hurdle would raise further questions about Tottenham’s lack of silverware, but Spurs are not too far away from winning trophies, according to Alli.

He continued: “We want to win every game, and if you want to win every game it’s going to end up the right way.

“We’ve got a great manager and we are all hungry to win and achieve something.

“The direction the club is heading in is not too far off.”


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