'You can't keep doing that' - Exclusive: Pundit tears into 'Frustrating' Tottenham stars
Noel Whelan says that the Tottenham squad need to show more mental resilience after seeing another 2-0 lead slip away against Olympiacos in midweek.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Lilywhites have shown a defensive weakness in recent weeks, having let both Arsenal and the Greek giants come back from 2-0 down to rescue a point.
Harry Kane and Lucas Moura scored twice within five minutes to hand Mauricio Pochettino’s men a comfortable lead but Daniel Podence and Mathieu Valbuena were able to score and ensure the north Londoners left Athens with just one point.
Whelan says that after seeing the same thing happen against Arsenal, where Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rescued a point for the Gunners in their north London derby, Spurs need to show stronger defensive resoluteness.
Whelan told Football Insider: “They’ve got to start turning these advantages into wins and learning how to manage the game better because it must be frustrating. I know he’s not concerned because it’s a league where they’ll probably turn that over at the Tottenham Stadium.
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“It’s breaking down momentum. Sometimes when you’re 2-0 up and it goes to 2-2 against a team you really should be beating, it seems a bit like a loss psychologically. They’ve got to be defensively tougher and mentally tougher.
“You can’t keep doing that, week in, week out, conceding goals very poorly because it does stop the momentum.”
Tottenham’s next game sees them take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, the Foxes having been beaten 1-0 by Manchester United in their last outing.
The two sides are level on points after five games in the Premier League having both won two, drawn two and lost one game this season, Spurs two places ahead of Brendan Rodgers’ men courtesy of their goal difference.