Paul Merson has said that he is worried that Tottenham’s players are becoming too “comfortable” about seeing a top-four finish in the Premier League as domestic success.
Manchester City and Liverpool dominated the top flight last season – finishing on 98 and 97 points respectively – with Spurs finishing fourth behind Chelsea on 71 points.
That fourth-placed finish was the fourth successive season in which Mauricio Pochettino‘s side have finished in the Champions League places since the Argentine arrived in North London in the summer of 2014.
Writing in a column for Sky Sports, however, Merson said that he was fearful about the mood at Tottenham due to the dominance of City and Liverpool.
“It just looks a bit like the players are thinking ‘we can’t win the league now’. The spark’s gone a bit. They’ve got a very good team together, but they lose too many matches. They’ve already lost two this season, and they should’ve got beat easily at Man City.
“Last season they lost, including in the Champions League, about 20 football matches. From then until now, it’s about one out of three. That’s not good for a top-four team. They should’ve beaten Arsenal – a good Tottenham team, full of confidence and hunger, would have picked Arsenal off and beaten them five.
“But it doesn’t look starving to me. I don’t know how to put my finger on it. The players have got to ask themselves serious questions at the end of this season. Do they want to stay at a club and fizzle out?
“And I’m not saying this because I used to play for Arsenal, but at the end of their careers, they’re never going to have to work again. Do they want to stay comfortable, finish top four every week and play week-in, week-out, or go somewhere and win something?
“They might not play every week, but they’ll win something.”
Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Leicester in their last match on Saturday, and face Colchester in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
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