Tottenham Hotspur suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat against Inter Milan in the Champions League earlier this week. This defeat means that Mauricio Pochettino, the highly-regarded Spurs manager, lost three consecutive matches for the very first time at the club.
It looks like the pressure is getting to the highly-rated manager at Hotspur. The former manager of Southampton gave a post-match outburst after journalists started asking questions regarding the omission of Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier from the team to play against Inter Milan. In all fairness, it did seem rather strange to leave both these football stars out of the team.
Lack of Strength at the north London Club
There’s no denying that Pochettino did a marvellous job at transforming Tottenham Hotspur into a sensational football squad that manages to finish in the top 4 positions in the Premier League on a regular basis. However, there’s only so much you can do with great man-management and coaching. Tottenham should have taken the time to strengthen the team over the summer. They have a great team of players, but newcomers give everybody a lift at the club. This usually leads to players improving their game that are already at the club which in turn produces better results. Unfortunately, the players at Tottenham Hotspur seem rather stale this season and doesn’t look like they are up to the task.
Stuck in an Awkward Position
The Hotspurs are currently in an awkward position as a squad. They manage to rank in the top 4 when it comes to the Premier League but aren’t able to make a significant impact when it comes to the Champions League. The match against Inter Milan should have been an easy victory, but Inter Milan somehow scored two goals with 5 minutes remaining, which resulted in the Hotspurs losing the match.
Inter Milan is a great team, but they are not considered one of the elite teams. When it comes to quality, Inter Milan is essentially the Tottenham’s of Serie A, but with less finishes in the top 4 of late.
Chances of Hotspurs Making It To The Knockout Stages
Group B was always going to be a daunting task in the Champions League for Tottenham Hotspur as they were matched up alongside Inter Milan and Barcelona. Even PSV Eindhoven, which is the other team in Group B, can’t be seen as pushovers in this tournament. The defeat by the hands of Inter Milan earlier this week places the odds at 10/11 for Tottenham Hotspur to reach the knockout stages. In fact, Tottenham Hotspur is now behind Inter Milan to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
There’s no denying that Tottenham Hotspur has endured a tough period lately. The squad usually encounters poor form during a tournament but eventually starts improving as time goes on. However, it’s highly unlikely that Hotspur will be able to recover from the poor form they recently experienced. Only time will tell.