Danny Rose admits that Tottenham being just two points off the Premier League summit “is a shock”.
Tottenham beat Cardiff 1-0 on Saturday to climb to fourth in the table after eight games, with Arsenal rising above them on goal difference after their 5-1 thrashing of Fulham on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are only a few weeks removed from supposed crisis, yet find themselves two points behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea at the top.
They still require a sizeable turnaround to salvage something from a poor Champions League start, but Rose admits his surprise at their high domestic standing.
“It’s a shock,” he said after the Cardiff victory. “I knew if we won we’d go third but I didn’t realise we’d only be a point behind.
“In some ways we have to be happy with that. I spent a lot of time on the bench last season and I got to watch first-hand how well we can play. I still think we’re a bit off that at the minute. Saturday was another ugly win and we have to learn how to kill teams off. We should have scored three or four, easily.
“At the same time we have to be frustrated. The defeat to Watford was very frustrating — it was a game we should not be losing. The loss to Liverpool, it was probably the right result. It’s mixed emotions but we can’t complain about where we are now.”