Tottenham Hotspur media round-up: Savage and Souness critical after lacklustre display

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A round up of news stories this morning related to Tottenham Hotspur.

BBC pundit Robbie Savage has been quoted by the Sport Review suggesting Tottenham are out of the race for the top four.

Savage made the comments following Spurs’ 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United yesterday.

It was disappointing considering Tottenham went into the game with serious hopes of causing an upset against Louis van Gaal’s team.

“I think Spurs are out of the race now. Six points behind United and not playing well. I didn’t think they would get in top four anyway,” he said.

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness was damning in his verdict of Tottenham’s performance, as quoted by Sky’s main website.

The Scot suggested that Tottenham didn’t show any aggression during the game and needed to do more to get stuck in.

Souness has suggested Tottenham had the look of a side going about a practice match as opposed to a competitive fixture.

“They just didn't take part in the game. There was no aggression and it looked as though they turned up to play a practice match,” said Souness.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained, quoted by Goal, why he feels his side lost the match against United.

He feels the start of the game was an important point in the match, as United quickly took hold of the game to force an advantage.

Pochettino was unhappy with various aspects of what he saw during the contest.

“From the beginning, we started the game very slow - physically and mentally - and we didn't understand why,” he said.

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