By Danny Wright
Former Arsenal defender William Gallas believes that the current crop of players at Tottenham are “too young” for them to have any success in the Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men endured a very poor group stage last season as they failed to qualify for the knock-out rounds following defeats to both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.
Spurs were notably playing their home European games at Wembley last season, but they will have to have all their home fixtures for the upcoming 2017/18 campaign as White Hart Lane has now been demolished.
Gallas, 39, has suggested that a change of scenery wasn’t the real issue and wants to see Pochettino bring up the average age of his squad.
“It was a big shame what happened to them last season but this Tottenham squad is a little too young for the Champions League,” said the former France international, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“Against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the group games, it showed that they needed more experience.
“The Champions League is different to the Premier League. You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focussed.“
Even though Spurs dropped down to the Europa League, they still couldn’t avoid continental humiliation as they failed to get a win against Belgian outfit Gent over two legs and failed to progress to the round of 16.
Tottenham had the youngest squad in the Premier League last season according to the Telegraph, with an average age of 25.
Pochettino usually relies on the exuberance of Dele Alli and Harry Kane to fire his side to victory while also calling upon youngsters Josh Onomah and Harry Winks at certain times.
Gallas spent the bulk of his career playing for both Chelsea and Arsenal before securing a controversial move to Spurs in 2010.
He spent three years at White Hart Lane, but suffered several injuries and made just 78 appearances.
In other Tottenham news, a fourth Spurs player in a matter of weeks has undergone surgery.