Jamie Carragher has claimed that Tottenham will not win the Premier League or Champions League with their current squad because their “cycle is over”.
Spurs reached the final of Europe’s elite club competition last term following a stunning run of results, but they have started this season in mixed fashion having picked up 12 points from nine Premier League games and being without a win in Europe.
There have been alleged problems off the field, too, with Pochettino – who has faced claims that he has lost the dressing room – blaming his side’s start on the speculation linking key players such as Christian Eriksen with a departure.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher delivered his verdict on where he thinks Spurs are going wrong.
“Well how I explain it is, I think this cycle’s over, of this Tottenham team,” the pundit said. “I love this Tottenham team and I love this Tottenham manager, but last season getting to the Champions League final in some ways papered over the cracks slightly.
“They lost 20 games last season, so that was my worry for them – are they going to get back to what we’ve seen over the last few years at the start of this season.
“Or has this team realised they’re not quite good enough to win the league, to win the Champions League and it feels to me as if it’s physical and mental, but there’s a lack of intensity.
“It comes from the fact that they’ve been together so long and they’re just not quite good enough and it looks to me like this is the end of it. They’re never going to win the league or the Champions League now, they’re just about qualifying for the top four.”
Having drawn with Watford in North London at the weekend, Spurs face Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League before travelling to Anfield on Sunday to play Liverpool.