The Champions League is supposed to be the field of dreams but Tottenham Hotspur seem to be frolicking in a different meadow, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggling to crack the nut in Europe’s elite competition this season.
A defeat to Monaco in the opening fixture at Wembley was followed by a narrow 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow, which provided a boost to their hopes of advancing to the knock-out round, but tonight’s drab goalless draw with Bayer Leverkusen has left a lot to be desired.
From three matches in the competition, Spurs have scored just two attempts- and it’s staggering when you dig deeper into the statistics, which show the true extent of their struggles.
2 – Only two of Tottenham's 43 shots in the Champions League this season have found the net. Wayward.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 18, 2016
If Spurs don’t up their game quickly, they may find their return to the Champions League is a lot shorter than they anticipated and the pressure is now on them for the final three games of the group stages.
Hopefully, they can provide some spark at Wembley in their two home matches that remain. Heaven knows England’s national stadium needs some excitement.