EPL 2017/18: 5 reasons why Tottenham Hotspur will not win the title

EPL 2017/18: 5 reasons why Tottenham Hotspur will not win the title

Alli scored 22 goals last season, quite a return for a man who - and it's still worth being reminded of this occasionally - was in League One two years ago.

The left-back was replaced by club captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Chelsea are preparing to kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Benitez may have wanted more, but he must now take his squad into a tough season opener against Tottenham Hotspur, who finished second in the Premier League table last season.

In addition to forgiving Rose and accepting his apology, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino produced a hilarious response to his left-back's comments.

Seven of the last nine winners of the Championship have started the subsequent season with a defeat, so it's no major surprise that Spurs are trading as [1.73] favourites to win here. It would lift me seeing a top player come through the door.

The former Ireland global was speaking on Off the Ball ahead of the new Premier League season. Alli said last season his finishing needed the most improvement, but the beauty of him is that he gets into good enough positions to make scoring relatively simple.

A day later Rose, a target for Chelsea and Manchester United, issued a full mea culpa.

Having said that, they beat Juventus 2-0 in their final pre-season friendly of the summer at Wembley, dispelling the idea that the size of the pitch has any bearing on their ability to play their game.

"I'm relaxed because when you see the team and players they are so focused", he added.

Josh Onomah, another of the Spurs production line who was on the fringes of the first-team last season has joined Aston Villa on loan.

Spurs have not made a major signing during the transfer window and have seen Rose's fellow full-back Kyle Walker join Premier League title rivals Manchester City. Offensively, Tottenham will depend on Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to score goals, with Christian Eriksen providing service.

The 27-year-old also urged the club, which is yet to make a summer signing, to buy big-name players - and "not players you have to Google".