By Danny Wright
Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has boldly claimed that the current Tottenham team are better than the Leeds United side that managed to reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2001.
Carragher believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are “the best trophy-less team” he has ever seen, comparing them to the great Leeds side of the early 2000s and Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle side of the 1990s.
The major criticism of Spurs has been their inability to win major silverware even though their squad is bursting at the seams with top quality talent.
They beat Real Madrid on Wednesday night in a historic occasion at Wembley to book their spots in the last-16 of the Champions League and although it’s early days, they must surely be able to win something this season.
Sky Sports pundit Carragher reckons that it’s a positive thing at this stage, but ultimately there’s no doubt that the likes of Pochettino, Harry Kane and Dele Alli will all want a winner’s medal around their neck at some point soon.
“Well I think this Spurs team are better than Keegan’s Newcastle and the Leeds team that got to the CL semis! I’d react positively if it was me,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Saturday morning, in response to blogger Chris Miller quoting him about his claim about trophies.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) November 4, 2017
Well I think this spurs team are better than Keegan’s Newcastle & the Leeds team that got to the CL semis! I’d react positively if it was me
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 4, 2017
Leeds boasted an array of talent in 2001 when they beat the likes of AC Milan, Lazio and Deportivo to reach the Champions League semi-final, before losing to Valencia 3-0 over two legs.
Nigel Martyn, Ian Harte, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Rio Ferdinand, Harry Kewell and Robbie Keane were among their top players at the time, with many of them moving on to great things in their career before the Whites’ relegation from the Premier League just a few years later.
In other Leeds United news, Manchester United legend Gary Neville has claimed why the Whites struggle in the transfer market.