By Russell Edge
Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has accused Tottenham’s stars of being too complacent after their recent successes ahead of their north London derby with Arsenal last weekend.
The Lilywhites travelled to the Emirates Stadium as firm favourites against their near neighbours, in a Premier League clash which pitted third against sixth.
However it was the Gunners who came out on top, with goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez sealing the three points in a 2-0 win, which put them within a point of Mauricio Pochettino and his men, who themselves were leapfrogged by Chelsea to fall into fourth.
Keown says that the he believes the praise the players had been receiving, having beaten Real Madrid in the Champions League and that they were firmly in the running for the Premier League title, went to their heads, and that it was that which cost them victory over their bitter rivals.
Asked about how much Spurs needed Tuesday’s victory over Borussia Dortmund, Keown wrote on his live blog for the Daily Mail’s website (23/11, 13:16): “It’s nothing short of what I would expect. All they’re guilty of is complacency.
“They had a couple of weeks over the international break where they could soak up the praise. You’re basking in the sun of everyone wanting to write nice things about you.
“You can sometimes fall into a trap. That’s perhaps what they were guilty of.
“Arsenal players were reading constantly about the local team, about how Tottenham supposedly had it all and everything is magic about them.
“They got a slap in the face and responded.”
Spurs will hope to bring their impressive performance in Germany, which saw them go from being 1-0 down at half time to picking up a 2-1 win, when they play a managerless West Brom side on Saturday.
The Baggies sacked former boss Tony Pulis following their 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, which left the club just one point and one place off the relegation zone.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson has said the club always do one thing in his prediction for Saturday’s clash.