Neville believes Pochettino must take some blame for Tottenham's slump

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino's training methods have been criticised by Phil Neville.

Phil Neville has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 that Mauricio Pochettino's intense training sessions have negatively impacted on Tottenham Hotspur's season.

Pochettino is famed for his demanding approach and Neville thinks that his requirements have drained the Spurs squad.

The BBC Sport pundit says that Tottenham have looked fatigued over their last two fixtures - a draw with Burnley and a loss at Aston Villa - and that this is partially due to Pochettino's failure to give them a rest when away from the competitive environment. 

"I think it's a consequence of being in the Europa League and the training that Pochettino does," he said.

"We're at that stage of the season where all that training and the lack of a big squad - they played the same team virtually every week - has caught up with them."

This tiredness has been evident in a number of players in Spurs' team, but it has been particularly noticeable in Harry Kane's game.

Kane's impact seems to have diminished in recent fixtures, but Neville doesn't believe that this is entirely the striker's fault. 

"I think Harry Kane, people are saying he's not scored for two games, but what's happening is that they're playing against teams that are playing deep and are well organised," he said.

"Spurs aren't actually creating many chances for him and he's finding himself having to drop into midfield and take long-range shots."

As a consequence of their recent slump, Tottenham now look destined to finish outside the top-four and Pochettino will be determined to ensure that he has the quality at his disposal to avoid a similar fate next year. 

Tottenham currently occupy seventh place in the Premier League table and take on Newcastle United in their next fixture. 

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