By Dominic Toner
Glenn Hoddle believes that defenders Ben Davies and Jan Vertonghen were the only two Tottenham players to deliver on Wednesday night.
Spurs suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League group stage match at Wembley, with Kevin Kampl scoring the decisive goal in the second-half.
The result leaves the north London club third-placed in their group and currently occupying a Europa League spot.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently two points adrift of second-placed Leverkusen and they will need positive results against Monaco and CSKA Moscow if they are to progress to the Champions League knockout rounds.
Spurs were without senior duo Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane for the match through injury, but they failed to match the intensity and desire of German outfit Leverkusen.
Former Spurs manager Hoddle claims that the team were “below par” on Wednesday in the defeat.
“You can carry a couple of players when you want to win a football match but not eight or nine,” Hoddle said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “Ben Davies had a decent game, Jan Vertonghen maybe but other than that the rest were way off colour.
“Below par is one thing but that was poor, very poor. There was no game-changer there for Tottenham. I don’t think they have got someone who can get hold of the game when it is going poorly for them in the midfield area.”
Davies, 23, delivered a reasonable performance in place of regular Danny Rose in the side, with his Belgium team-mate Vertonghen also earning some praise.
Pochettino’s side are now without a win in their last six games in all competitions and have seen a huge dip in form.
Spurs will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten Premier League record on Sunday, but face bitter rivals Arsenal who have not lost since their opening day defeat to Liverpool.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has identified what the side lacked against Leverkusen.