BBC pundit: This is what Tottenham must do to be a big club
By Matt Farr
Alan Shearer has urged Tottenham to starting winning titles if they are to consider themselves one of England’s big clubs.
Tottenham saw perhaps their last remaining chance of silverware ripped away from them with a 4-2 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi final on Saturday.
They remain just four points adrift of Chelsea in the Premier League title race, meanwhile, but the ball is very much still in Chelsea’s court with six games remaining.
Ahead of what could be another campaign without success for Tottenham, BBC pundit Shearer insisted that the club need to start pushing on and winning trophies.
The former Premier League striker found no shortage of praise for the quality in the current Tottenham squad, but he instead urged them to go that one step further and turn their talent into success.
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Speaking live on BBC One’s coverage of the FA Cup tie, he said: “I think it’s a crucial time now for Tottenham. They want to be classed as a big club, but big clubs go on to win things. They have to start winning things now.
“They’ve got one of, if not the best, goalkeeper in the league. They’ve got the best centre-half in the league in [Toby] Alderweireld. They have one of the best upcoming youngsters in world football in Dele Alli.
“They now have to go that one step further and win things.”
Chelsea attacker Willian ensured Tottenham got off to the worst possible start by firing a curling free-kick past an outstretched Lloris after just five minutes.
Harry Kane equalised for Tottenham just over ten minutes later, converting a superb, stooping header from a Christian Eriksen cross.
But Willian stepped up again to capitalise on a costly mistake made by Son Heung-Min, scoring from the penalty spot after the South Korea international had brought down Victor Moses.
Tottenham hit back early into the second-half with a contender for one of the assists of the season, with Alli following up a breathtaking through ball from Eriksen to make it 2-2.
However, substitute Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic later found the back of the net for Chelsea, to deny Tottenham a place in the FA Cup Final at the end of May.
In other Tottenham news, Jermaine Jenas has delivered his verdict on star midfielder Mousa Dembele.