By Danny Wright
Gary Lineker believes that Tottenham’s inability to see off the big sides is “alarming” after Mauricio Pochettino’s men slumped to defeat against Arsenal on Saturday.
Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez struck in the first-half to help earn the Gunners all three points and the derby day bragging rights in a 2-0 win for them at the Emirates, leaving Spurs’ Premier League title hopes in tatters.
Even though it’s only November, Tottenham look to be well off the pace of Manchester City and potentially Manchester United after their setback against the Gunners, who moved up to be within a point of their North London rivals with the win.
Although Spurs have enjoyed wins against Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Liverpool this season, Lineker still believes that there is still a lot of work to be done for Pochettino and his men to start picking up consistent results against other big sides.
“Big gameitis again for Spurs thus far. For all their progress under Pochettino the lack of victories over the big teams is alarming,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Saturday.
Big gameitis again for Spurs thus far. For all their progress under Pochettino the lack of victories over the big teams is alarming.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017
Tottenham have lost against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United this season but have still been able to impress in the Champions League, where they only took four games to qualify for the last-16 of the competition.
Lineker’s claim is quite surprising given that Spurs have perhaps performed better in the majority of their big games this season.
However it seems that their wait for silverware may now solely rest upon the FA Cup with the league title slipping fair into the distance and the Champions League being somewhat of a pipe dream.
In other Tottenham news, Piers Morgan aimed a tirade of criticism against Spurs after the North London derby defeat.