Date: 17th December 2017 at 10:44am
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Frank Lampard has criticised the Tottenham players and believes they have relaxed after the win over Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Spurs have only won three of their seven Premier League matches since the 1-0 win over the 12-time European Cup winners in early November and were beaten 4-1 at Manchester City on Saturday.

A number of key-first team players, most notably attacking midfielder Dele Alli, have underperformed in recent weeks and have been criticised by fans and pundits alike.

Former Chelsea, Manchester City and England midfielder Lampard, believes there has been a change in the players’ attitude since the memorable victory over Los Blancos.

“The problem is they’ve relaxed since they beat Real Madrid, they got excited about that game and then they’ve relaxed.” Lampard told BT Sport.

“The minute you relax in the Premier League or in any walk of football it goes against you.

“The hard bit is turning the switch back on, a few of the players are not playing anywhere near the form they were playing, not with the urgency, not with the intensity and if you take that away from your game bad things happen – that’s what happens.”

The former Premier League player believes that Spurs boss Pochettino will make changes for his side’s next Premier League game against Burnley.

“He’s not a man to mess around. He know he’s not scared to make changes,” said Lampard.

Manchester City totally dominated at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and took the lead through a 14th-minute header from Ilkay Gundogan. Kevin De Bruyne smashed the ball past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to make it 2-0 on 70 minutes.

City were then awarded a penalty after a foul on De Bruyne from centre-back Jan Vertonghen, but substitute Gabriel Jesus smashed the spot-kick against the post.

Raheem Sterling made it 3-0 on 80 minutes, finishing off a fine passing move at the far post, before tucking the ball through Lloris’ legs to make it 4-0 on 90 minutes.

Spurs pulled one back through a fine strike by Christian Eriksen, but it was nothing more than a constellation.

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