Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that the team’s progress in the Champions League this season has affected their Premier League form.
Spurs have excelled in the Europe this season, winning five of their six group matches, but their domestic form has taken a turn for the worse recently.
Pochettino’s side are now 18 points behind runaway leaders in the Premier League table and face strong competition from rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal to finish in the top-four.
The Tottenham boss admitted at his press conference on Tuesday morning that the competition can be a distraction and suggested that it has affected the team’s progress in the Premier League.
“I think the team from the beginning has been playing very, very well,” said Pochettino, as quoted by london.football.
“We showed great quality and an amazing performance against Liverpool and Real Madrid and Dortmund in the Champions League.
“When you spend a lot of energy in a competition like the Champions League that situation can distract you from the focus of the Premier League, you pay maybe.”
Many thought Spurs would struggle in the Champions League this season after they were drawn in the same group as 12-time winners Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
However, Spurs are unbeaten in this season’s competition and qualified for the knockout stages as Group H winners. They now face a last-16 tie with Italian giants Juventus, runners-up in two of the past three seasons.
Meanwhile in the Premier League, the 5-1 win over Stoke on Saturday was Spurs’ first victory in five league matches.
Pochettino’s side are currently sixth in the league table, two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and face Brighton in league action on Wednesday evening.
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