Shearer: This 'fantastic' achievement the problem behind Tottenham's awful run
Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says that Tottenham’s European escapades are beginning to affect their domestic form this season.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has seen his side go through their Champions League group unbeaten, with only one of their six matches finishing as a draw, the rest coming as wins.
That included impressive 3-1 victories over German giants Borussia Dortmund and current Champions League holders Real Madrid at Wembley, which helped secure their progression as table toppers.
However, their domestic form has failed to live up to the same high standards, with just one win in their last six Premier League games, a run which has left them sitting sixth in the table.
They picked up three points against Crystal Palace, but have suffered defeats to Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester and drawn against West Brom and Watford, having conceded the first goal in each of their last four games.
Shearer says that their impressive displays in Europe are impacting their performances in the league, and has questioned the motivation of some of Spurs’ top stars.
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Writing on his blog for Coral, he said: “I thought Spurs would qualify and they’ve done brilliantly to top the group.
“However I do feel that their European performances are affecting their domestic form. I’ve watched their last few games and they’ve started slowly, conceded early goals and found it hard to claw it back.
“They were fantastic against Real Madrid home and away but they must start translating that form into the bread and butter league games, whether that be at home to West Brom, away to Watford or anywhere.
“They are yet to find the balance between Champions League and Premier League form and a few of their players are finding it tough to get up for some of the league games.”
Spurs have already performed better in Europe than they did last season, when they finished third in the Champions League group before toppling out of the Europa League to Belgian side Gent.
However they look a far cry from the team which finished as Premier League runners up last season, already 10 points behind second placed Manchester United and 18 adrift of league leaders Manchester City.
In other Tottenham news, the club are in the hunt to snap up a 20-year-old international playmaker.