Michael Bridge has raised question marks over how serious Nuno Espirito Santo is prepared to take the UEFA Conference League.
Following their final-day victory over Leicester and fifth consecutive finish over Arsenal, Tottenham qualified for the inaugural competition after coming 7th.
However, it’s not exactly an attractive proposition for Spurs, with the winners qualifying for the Europa League, something Santo’s team will be expected to achieve via their league position.
For Tottenham’s opening game in the competition, the Portuguese made 11 changes for their play-off round first leg tie against Pacos de Ferreira, although the game was just four days after Spurs defeated Manchester City on the opening day of the season.
In fact, not one of the starters against City made the trip to Portugal.
With away goals a thing of the past in European competition, Santo’s side remain heavy favourites to overturn the one-goal deficit and progress to the group stages on Thursday.
But Bridge told Football FanCast that he’s unsure how seriously the club will take it:
“It’s up to Spurs fans what they think of it. I find it hard to be in it, it’s not arrogance, it’s just such a low competition.
“I don’t know how far they want to go, and I don’t know how important Nuno will see it.”