By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Gary Lineker urged Tottenham to “get a grip” as they slipped to a two-goal deficit in their Champions League defeat against Monaco on Wednesday night.
The former Spurs striker was frustrated that his old club struggled in the early stages of their return to Europe’s elite competition.
Goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar had put the visitors in control after 31 minutes of the match and Match of the Day host Lineker took to his personal Twitter account calling on the Londoners to mount a fightback.
Come on Spurs. Get a grip. 2 down now to Monaco.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 14, 2016
Toby Alderweireld pulled a goal back for Mauricio Pochettino’s side shortly before half-time but Tottenham were unable to find a second goal in the tie and were forced to leave Wembley, their new European home, without any points.
It was a disappointing performance from Spurs in front of a record crowd for a English club in the Champions League.
Pochettino will now turn his attention to the side’s next domestic fixture, as they prepare to welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.