'I've got a feeling' - Paul Merson predicts where Chelsea and Tottenham will finish next season

Paul Merson
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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea need to be battling for the top four next season after just missing out this year.

Spurs pushed Aston Villa for that final top four place after Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool distanced themselves from the rest of the league. However, inconsistent defensive displays by Ange Postecoglou's side saw them concede the final Champions League spot to Unai Emery's men.

Chelsea meanwhile suffered a poor start to the season and a bottom-half finish looked a real possibility. But, Mauricio Pochettino's men managed to turn their form around to finish a respectable sixth, three points behind Tottenham.

The Blues will head into next season with a new manager, Enzo Maresca, but the expectations for both clubs are similar according to Merson. He told Sky Sports: "I've got a feeling for next season.

"I think Tottenham have got to concentrate on one thing - top four. Chelsea are going to be there, Manchester United can only get better – top four’s hard now."

Concentrating away from the Premier League, Merson added that Spurs should be looking to add to their trophy cabinet following a long run without silverware. "I think if Tottenham win a trophy that'd be amazing," he concluded.

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"I don't think they have to get in the top four - I think they've got to win a trophy, I really do. I think trophies are the one.

"I mean, you get in the top four and you do what Newcastle have done, you're out by October. Everybody fights to get in it and 80 per cent of the teams getting in it haven't got a chance of winning it.

"Really, they're doing it for the money and it should be for the fans and winning trophies for the fans. So if they can win the League Cup, or something like that, then I think it would be amazing for them, 100 per cent."