Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas says Tottenham Hotspur are “still unpredictable” ahead of their Champions League tie with Olympiakos, predicting a 1-1 draw.
Spurs have had an inconsistent start to the Premier League season with two wins, two draws and a defeat from their first five matches but the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend pushed them up to third in the table.
Having reached the final of the Champions League last season where they were beaten by league rivals Liverpool, manager Mauricio Pochettino faces a tough task to qualify from the group stages with the likes of Bayern Munich, Red Star Belgrade and their Wednesday night opponents, Olympiakos to overcome.
Spurs have been here before though after advancing a group containing Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven to eventually reach their first-ever final in the competition last term.
Nicholas has pointed to the influence of playmaker Christian Eriksen in their win over Palace at the New White Hart Lane on Saturday but suggests Tottenham should not take their European opponents for granted.
“This is an awkward one. Tottenham were very impressive in the first half against Crystal Palace, which allowed them to ease down to second gear in the second half,” he told Sky Sports.
“They kept hold of Christian Eriksen and so things have calmed down a bit. He started against Palace, so is that why it has calmed down?”
Nicholas went on to suggest that Pochettino’s tinkering with the team is one of the reasons for Tottenham’s slow start to the season.
“Mauricio Pochettino has changed his team too much and that is why they look vulnerable at the back,” said the former Arsenal midfielder, “I would imagine Tottenham would try to control possession, but this is an awkward trip and these are dangerous teams to travel to. Tottenham are still unpredictable.”
It is the first time Spurs have played Olympiakos since knocking out the Greek side on their run to the semi-final of the UEFA Cup during the 1972/73 season.
Tottenham return to league action on Saturday when they face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the day’s early kick-off.