Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes that the current cycle for Tottenham Hotspur is over, after their difficult start to the campaign.
Speaking before Spurs’ 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade, the former England international was very strong in his views that something is going to have to change, highlighting a difference in intensity from this term to previous ones.
“How I explain it is that I think this cycle is over for this Tottenham team – and I love this Tottenham team, and I love this Tottenham manager,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme.
“But last season, getting to the Champions League final papered over some of 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 have seen in the last few years from them at the start of this season, or has this team realised it’s not quite good enough to win the Premier League, or to win the Champions League?
“It feels like its physical and its mental maybe in the dressing room too. There is a lack of intensity and it comes from the fact they have been together so long and they are not quite good enough. It looks to me like this is the end of it now.
“They are not going to win the Premier League or the Champions League now. They are just about qualifying for the top four and that was the remit three or four years ago.”
There is a belief that Tottenham have gone beyond the tip of the curve in terms of what the current crop can achieve, and usually that is greeted with a change, be it in management or player personnel.
It would appear unlikely that Spurs are suddenly going to disband their squad and start again as that would take a lot of financial input, so unless something changes soon, it could be Pochettino who gets the chop.
Tottenham fans will be hoping that their emphatic victory in the Champions League on Tuesday evening can revive their best form, ahead of a trip to face Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.