Tottenham were once, perhaps prematurely, poised to challenge for the Premier League title as Spurs started the first ten matches of the season undefeated. Now, according to some players from rival clubs, that seems far out of reach.
According to Ederson, Manchester City's goalkeeper (via The Spurs Web and Daily Express), Tottenham and Aston Villa are out of the title race. This, of course, is not necessarily true, with a seven point gap and 15 matches to go. However, it's fair to say that a Champions League finish seems much more realistic.
Despite the steepness of the challenge, Ange has certainly already proven his ability to go toe to toe with some of the league's biggest contenders, defeating Liverpool in September and drawing with Arsenal and Manchester City. With crucial players returning from injury and international duty like James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, and Pape Sarr, it seems that there's plenty of opportunity for Spurs to collect points over the next few months.
Nevertheless, obstacles lay ahead. In the coming weeks the club will soon take on Brighton and Wolves, a set of teams they've dropped points to this season with 4-2 and 2-1 losses respectively.
The reality of the situation, it seems, is that a title challenge will be contingent on Spurs' dominance across these next few weeks, and their ability to hold out in April and May, where they'll face Newcastle, City, Arsenal, and Liverpool across the span of three weeks.
All that Ange and company can do at the moment is continue to impress their brand of football on each opponent they face, crossing their fingers that everyone stays healthy.