Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail what he feels is a key problem for Tottenham Hotspur.
The ex-England centre back replied to a question during a ‘Tackle Keown’ session and suggested that Spurs find it difficult when they go into important matches as the favourites to secure a victory.
“Spurs looked solid but they didn’t move the ball quickly enough. White Hart Lane is still an odd one to work out – against Chelsea with few expectations they were incredible,” said Keown in an assessment of the League Cup games earlier this week.
“When Spurs play teams they are expected to beat, they struggle.”
The obvious reason for Keown’s assessment is the difference in terms of pressure.
It could be the case that Tottenham’s players feel more free when they play games as the underdogs and with a point to prove.
It gives them something to strive towards and something to defy when they go into games they are expected to lose.
When they play matches they are expected to win comfortably, they do look a little confused over how to go about getting the win.
Tottenham need to quickly learn how to see off sides they’re expected to beat more comfortably, because that’s where they need to accumulate points in the race for a place in the top four.
They have played well in games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United this season, which suggests they don’t have a problem getting themselves up for the bigger matches, suggesting it’s the supposedly smaller ones where they need to improve.
Consistency across all games, against all teams and with all expectations is the only way Spurs will get into the Champions League for next season and Keown has just given them something else to defy this season.