Tottenham Hotspur given a reality check

Tottenham Hotspur have had plenty of good press over the last couple of months due to performances on the pitch and their star man Harry Kane shining.

The England international scored 11 goals in all competitions for his club in September.

On Tuesday night, Mauricio Pochettino’s team faced the biggest test of their season so far when they took on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in a Champions League group match.

With regular substitute Fernando Llorente and inexperienced Harry Winks in the starting lineup, not many people would have given Spurs much hope against the Galacticos, but they held their own and came away with a 1-1 draw.

Tottenham fans could be forgiven for having their heads in the clouds right now, but former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes that the North London outfit will continue to struggle domestically.

Spurs have not won a trophy since their League Cup triumph in the 2007-08 season, and because their home is at Wembley for the season, Parker has ruled the club out of the title race.

In his column for Eurosport, the 53-year-old wrote:

“It’s still going to be difficult for Tottenham domestically. Playing at Wembley Stadium is tough – it’s not their home and it doesn’t create a good atmosphere. Players raise their games when they come to Wembley Stadium, perhaps for the only time in their careers, so Spurs won’t have an easy ‘home’ game all season.

“I think Spurs would accept finishing in the top four again, keeping them in the Champions League ahead of their move to a new stadium that should prove more profitable. This season should be seen as one final learning curve ahead of next season.”