Alderweireld: Spurs strikers lack belief and must improve

Date published: Saturday 24th October 2015 12:20

Toby Alderweireld: Upset by developments across Europe

Toby Alderweireld has urged Tottenham’s strikers to improve in front of goal after questioning if they’re suffering from a collective lack of belief this season.

Spurs have scored the fewest number of goals – 11 – out of the Premier League’s top nine sides, while a number of missed chances in the midweek defeat to Anderlecht has left the club facing an uphill struggle to qualify from Europa League Group J.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino criticised his side’s performance after the 2-1 loss and Spurs defender Alderweireld wonders whether his team-mates are suffering from a lack of belief in front of goal.

“We create chances in every game but our scoring isn’t at our best level so I think that is something we have to improve,” he said.

“It is a matter of form, we have the players who can score goals so it is maybe a little bit down to belief but I think it will come.”

On the Anderlecht game, the Belgium defender added: “I think we started well. We knew we had to start well to be in the game and we did. The only thing we can say about ourselves is that we didn’t score our chances.

“If we made it 2-0 or 3-0 the game is over, they get to 1-1 and get the belief back. But even then we could be in front before half-time. The second-half was much more difficult they were defensively much better and unfortunately we lost.

“The group is open now we have to get the three points at White Hart Lane against Anderlecht in a couple of weeks. It is one thing about Europe but we are used to it, we want to get through as quickly as possible but if not we will fight until the last day.”

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