Football expert Guillem Balague has been reflecting on the dynamic between the two main men at Tottenham Hotspur, believing that the club is standing still, or even getting worse.

There is no denying it has been a poor start to the campaign for Spurs, a season which many thought would offer a lot of positivity after their run to the final of the Champions League last term.

It could be though, that making the Madrid showpiece papered over a lot of cracks, and Tottenham fans are seeing them appear in front of their eyes at the present time.

Spurs headed into the international break off the back of a disastrous week, which saw them walloped 7-2 by Bayern Munich before being humbled 3-0 at Brighton, losing their captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for the remainder of 2019 in the process.

The time off might have come at a good time for Tottenham, as it will have allowed a period for reflection, something that Balague has offered as he shone light on the dynamic between chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino.

“On the one hand you have Mauricio Pochettino, a coach who wants to make his team as good as it can be and to continue winning. On the other you have Daniel Levy, the chairman and a man who analyses the football world inhabited by the top clubs in a different way.” He wrote in a column on the BBC Sport website.

“In a nutshell, in Pochettino Spurs have a coach who will look at and evaluate players on the basis of what they can do for the team, while also having one eye on the business. Levy, however, is more likely to view them in terms of what they can do for the business, while having one eye on the football.

“In situations such as this, the final decisions will always lie with the chairman.

“This has led to scenarios where players have had their contracts renewed with a view to maximising their marketability – selling them on – rather than on the basis of what they might contribute to the team on the field. Or of players signed who were not necessarily what the team needed but were considered a good market bargain.

“But nothing is as black and white as it seems. The relationship between the two key men in the club has certainly not broken down.

“That is the same message spread out within the club. It is important that everyone, from the chairman to the lowest-profile employee, backs the team.

“It is a team, after all, which can beat anyone when on form.”

All eyes will now be on Tottenham when they return to action against Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, before looking to revive their Champions League hopes when they face Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday evening.


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