Ange Postecoglou ridicules Opta supercomputer after Tottenham were given just a 0.1 per cent chance of winning the Premier League title
- Opta predictions currently give fifth-placed Spurs little chance of title victory
- But their Aussie manager Postecoglou insisted ‘we still have a chance then’
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Ange Postecoglou has laughed off a prediction by Opta’s supercomputer that Tottenham have just a 0.1 per cent chance of winning the Premier League title.
The latest calculations this week showed that Spurs, who are currently fifth and seven points behind leaders Liverpool, have only the slimmest of chances.
Manchester City were overwhelming favourites, with a 66.2 per cent chance of winning a fourth successive title, while Liverpool’s probability came in at 26.1 per cent, Arsenal at 7.4 per cent and Aston Villa at 0.2 per cent .
But Spurs’ Aussie boss gave the prediction short before Saturday’s home game with Brighton.
A supercomputer! Does it go to a phone booth and turn into something different from just a regular computer?’ said Postecoglou.
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou mocked the Opta supercomputer after it gave his team a mere 0.1 per cent chance of winning the Premier League title
Tottenham are fifth in the current Premier League standings, seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool
Opta predicts Manchester City to win the title from here, with a 66.2 percent chance
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“What did it say, 0.1 percent? So we have a chance then. Let’s go for it. No problems, no problems with it, we have a chance.’
Spurs were top of the Premier League in early October after going unbeaten in their first 10 league games, winning seven of them.
But as injuries began to take their toll, Postecoglou’s side slowly slipped down the table, but they remain on course to qualify for the Champions League next season.
They dropped two points at the death when Jarrad Branthwaite scored a 94th-minute equalizer for Everton in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw and will be hoping to return to winning ways against Brighton.
Postecoglou will be boosted by the return of Son Heung-min following South Korea’s elimination from the Asian Cup, while Yves Bissouma is also back in training after Mali exited the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Spurs boss believes his team’s results will improve now that the team is nearing full strength again.
“It gives us a chance to put something in place with our training, with the way we want to play our football, to see if we can go up another level or two or three between now and the end of the year ,” he said.
Richarlison is in fine form as Tottenham look to lock down a Champions League place
Spurs saw two points slip through their fingers in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton
Postecoglou was boosted by Son Heung-min’s (right) return to training this week after South Korea were knocked out of the Asian Cup
“We have 15 games to go and we probably have the healthiest (squad) roster since the start of the season.
“It gives us that platform, but you still have to go out and perform. That doesn’t make it any easier. It gives us no impetus unless we take advantage of it.
“Having the extra bodies means competition for places is also at a higher level which is always good.
‘I like it, not because people get complacent, it’s just that everyone is trying to raise their level, which is only a good thing whether you’re in or out of the team.
“All those factors give us a platform to finish the season strong.”