Ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager: Spurs have had a 'disastrous' start

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Martin Jol not impressed with Tottenham's start this season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Martin Jol has lamented the club's poor start to the season.

Jol believes Spurs have under-performed, despite sitting just two points behind rivals Arsenal who are in fourth place.

This is because everybody, barring Chelsea and this weekend's opponents Southampton, have been off the pace.

Jol told TalkSPORT: "When Pochettino started I felt really positive and I still feel positive about it.

“But they’ve only got eight points from their first six games, which is a disastrous start really.

“And if they don’t win the game against Southampton at the weekend, they’ve got a problem.”

Tottenham have however often been poor starters. Fans will only have to recall their beginning to the season under Juande Ramos in 2008, which saw him fired after failing to win any of their opening eight games - that was a start which was truly worthy of the description 'disastrous'.

Of course to have as many points, as they have a gap behind leaders Chelsea - who are on 16 to Spurs' eight, is unsatisfactory, but realistically Spurs are not title chasers this year, they want to reach the top four.

And for that they are in the mix. They are above Liverpool and Everton, level with Manchester United, two points behind Arsenal and three behind City.

A loss this weekend to surprise package Southampton would set them back for sure, but their start is not as bad as Jol makes out just yet.


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