Ex-Tottenham Hotspur star expects team to struggle in Champions League

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s side will fail once again to impress in Europe this season.

The North London outfit crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage in the most recent campaign, and they did not fair much better in the second tier.

Spurs suffered a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Gent in the last-32 of the Europa League, and it seems that they will have plenty of work to do if they want to be a force among Europe’s elite this season.

Gallas, who played for Tottenham between 2010 and 2013, believes that Pochettino’s team are too inexperienced to do well in the Champions League.

The Daily Star quotes him as saying:

“It was a big shame what happened to them last season but this Tottenham squad is a little too young for the Champions League. Against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the group games, it showed that they needed more experience. The Champions League is different to the Premier League. You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focused.”

The Premier League is a competition that Tottenham have thrived in over the last couple of seasons, finishing third in the 2015-16 campaign and then second to Chelsea in May.

It will be interesting to see how Pochettino prioritises the league and his team’s foray into Europe.