By Dominic Toner
Pat Nevin believes that Tottenham stand a better chance of winning the Premier League if they drop out of Europe.
Spurs are currently well-placed in the league and are the only unbeaten side in the division.
The north London club are sat third, just a point behind Manchester City and Arsenal at the top.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is also having to balance the Champions League this season, after Spurs qualified for Europe’s elite club competition.
BBC pundit Nevin, who played at clubs such as Chelsea and Everton, told BBC Radio 5 live that Spurs do not have a strong enough squad to compete in both competitions.
“I do think they (Spurs) are a really strong looking side,” he said, “Whether they’ve got enough strength in depth to keep going in the Champions League and keep it going in the Premier League right to the death I think that’s really questionable.
“If they want to be challengers and maybe even win the Premier League, I hate to say it, the best thing for them would be to be knocked out of the Champions League pretty early. I think both competitions are too much for them with the limited depth of their squad.”
Spurs have endued a mix start to the Champions League and are currently second in their group behind leaders, who beat them at Wembley in September.
The English side did record a 1-0 away victory against CSKA Moscow and are expected to qualify to the knockout stages.
Pochettino’s side mounted a serious title challenge last season, but faded away in the latter stages as Leicester pulled off a shock triumph.
They have begun the new season in good form and a late Dele Alli goal secured a 1-1 away draw against West Brom on Saturday.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to four former players scoring on the same day.