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  • The clocks have gone back, Spurs have lost at home to Stoke and Daniel Levy has been boasting. And we know what all that means, don’t we? Yep, six months from now Tottenham will have to beat West Ham and pray Burnley slip-up so they can sneak a Europa League place.

    But Robbie Keane, bless him, begs to differ.

    “In the last four or five years Arsenal always managed to get ahead of us but if you look now it is even,” boomed the Spurs skipper ahead of Saturday’s derby. "It will be judged at the end of the season but if you look at the bench we have, it is probably a bit stronger than their bench.”

    Now, there’s no doubt that Spurs do possess more genuine class than in previous seasons. But Luka Modric is injured. And that leaves them, as in previous seasons, with no genuine class.

    Apart from Modric, (and Aaron Lennon on a good day) Spurs still don’t have a player coveted by the top four. If one of the big boys fancied a Spurs player, they’d have signed him already. Robbie, of all people, should know that after going from London to Liverpool and back again so quickly that he became a Virgin Trains punchline.

    He's caused more giggles this week. Keane vs Van Persie is “even”? Arshavin vs Pavlyuchenko? Fàbregas v Jenas? Clichy v Assou-Ekotto? And bench strength? Is Keane talking about the same Arsenal bench that destroyed Liverpool?

    Spurs do have two good defenders in Woodgate and King, but those two have a collective transfer value of £0 given their injury records.

    But for Keane to claim Spurs are ready to knock Arsenal out of the big four will surely have their more sober fans predicting another exactly the opposite. And yet another derby drubbing last weekend..

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