Chadli’s worrying comment on Spurs weakness suggests season is over

Nacer Chadli has spoken on the lack of fight in Tottenham’s squad, suggesting that the Spurs players have given up.

Speaking to the official Spurs website, Chadli commented on the lack of fight on show in the loss to Aston Villa.

“We knew Aston Villa would fight but we played for the three points too and they fought harder than us,” the Belgian winger said.

It is true that Villa would be fighting for every possible point, as their Premier League status is yet to be secured, but Spurs hardly put in any fight - with nothing left to play for.

Since the League Cup Final, Tottenham’s season has tailed off into nothingness, and there is a real chance they could now miss out on Europa League football - which is no bad thing.

It is as if the Spurs players have accepted their season is over, and are willing to coast through for the final few weeks.

Whilst it is true that there is nothing left to play for, one would expect the players selected to be trying their hardest in these final games of the campaign, with head coach Maurico Pochettino set for a big transfer clear out in the summer.

There is no silverware to play for, but personal pride and a future at White Hart Lane are still on the line.

Chadli is one of those players who should be trying his hardest, having not really impressed this term. He enjoyed a purple patch in front of goal earlier in the season, but since then he has been far from his best, and you would expect him to be fighting until the end of the season to guarantee he has a starting role under Pochettino next term.

Strength of character and a strong work ethic have been two of the traits that Pochettino has brought to Spurs, and his short reign in charge has been defined by them.

To see Chadli admit that there has been no fight in recent weeks will not please the Argentine coach, and he will undoubtedly be looking to fix that weakness in the coming weeks to ensure the season ends on a high.

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