Merson expects Champions League hangover for Tottenham Hotspur against Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur will have a big mental battle to overcome following Tuesday night’s Champions League exit.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were in a strong position heading into their last 16 second leg against Juventus at Wembley.

The team fought back from 2-0 down to secure a 2-2 draw in Turin, giving the North London outfit two away goals.

On Tuesday, the night started off perfectly for Tottenham as Son Heung-min put the team 1-0 ahead in the 39th minute.

Spurs looked in control, but the shape of the game shifted after the break when Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri switched his team’s formation to 4-4-2.

Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala scored inside three minutes and held on to send Juve into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Tottenham have not won a trophy since the 2007-08 season when they lifted the League Cup, and they have fallen short ever since.

Former Arsenal player Paul Merson believes that the team will be suffering with a “hangover” when they take on Bournemouth in the Premier League at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

Even though the pundit has tipped Spurs to win 2-1 in his¬†Sky Sports¬†predictions, he thinks that there could be a few nervy moments for Pochettino’s players.

“There’s got to be a Champions League hangover for Tottenham. They were cruising along, 1-0 up, and then three minutes later they’re out. It’ll have an effect. They’ll have one eye on next week in the FA Cup, and another season without winning anything.

“I think Spurs will win, but if Bournemouth are on it they could get something, most definitely. They have a go, they open up and have a go. Sometimes they get punished for it, but sometimes it pays off. I like the way they play.”