Is this why Benjamin Stambouli is not playing regularly for Tottenham Hotspur?

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Benjamin Stambouli admits his shock at the football culture in England.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has admitted his shock at the difference in football culture in England and in France.

The 24-year-old moved to Spurs from Montpellier in the summer transfer window, but he has struggled so far to make a huge impact at White Hart Lane.

The French defensive midfielder has made just five appearances in the Premier League and as many in the Europa League.

Stambouli has now admitted his shock at the difference in style and told The London Evening Standard: “If you’re 2-0 down in France, you carry on playing but you don’t think you can win the game. But here, the players always think they can win.

“If you’re two goals down with only three minutes left, the teams here think they can score three times in the last three minutes. That isn’t the case in French football.

“We are not believers in France like you are in England. Maybe our football has more tactical discipline, maybe it is more organised, but the spectacle is not like it is here.

"In France, the results are often 0-0 or 1-0 and the football is very tactical. In England it is about the show.”

It seems that Stambouli is still coming to terms with the famous competitive nature of English football.

And perhaps that’s why the Frenchman has not been used regularly by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have often fallen behind in games in the Premier League, and on many occasions they have scored late goals and staged comebacks.

For example, despite going behind against Chelsea at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day, Tottenham did not lose heart and launched a stirring back.

Stambouli has been at Tottenham for over four months, but perhaps Pochettino feels that he still does not have the mindset to cope with the nature of the English game.

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