By Dominic Toner
Jermaine Jenas claims that Tottenham’s Champions League defeat may work in their favour.
Spurs suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League group stage match on Wednesday, meaning they face an uphill battle to reach the knockout rounds.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side face rivals Arsenal on Sunday in the Premier League and enter the game in poor form.
The north London club are without a win in their last six games in all competitions and scored just three goals during those matches.
They were heavily criticised by their supporters following the defeat as they were outclassed by a slick German side.
Former Spurs midfielder Jenas claims that the defeat to Leverkusen may benefit them ahead of the game against Arsenal.
“Part of me feels it (the defeat to Leverkusen) is a bit of a blessing because as a player you kind of go right thank God that didn’t happen this week when we’re playing against Arsenal,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 live. “It has been out the way and it is a bit of a wake-up call.
“Everybody has been talking about us as title contenders, we’ve not lost a game in the Premier League yet, maybe we got a bit above our station and maybe we needed that slap in the face to wake us up.”
Spurs still have the only unbeaten record in the Premier League this season despite their recent dip in form.
They are currently fifth-placed in the league and are just three points adrift of table toppers Manchester City.
Pochettino has revealed that senior players Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies will all miss the Arsenal clash, with Mousa Dembele also considered doubtful.
They have recieved the boost that Kane will be in the squad against Arsenal and could make his return after a 10-game layout with injury.
In other Tottenham news, Robbie Savage has predicted the club’s game against Arsenal and hailed a key player.