Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Lineker revealed in a question and answer session for Breathe Sport that he feels the Europa League was too much for his old side.
The ex-Spurs striker feels manager Mauricio Pochettino is still searching for the perfect formula at White Hart Lane and used Premier League side Everton to back up a point about his former employers.
“Tottenham are Tottenham. They’ve played some good football. He’s not quite got it right yet – The Europa League kills you. Every team that goes into it struggles – Look at Everton, they did so much worse than the season before,” he said.
Tottenham will be playing Europa League football again next season, which means Thursday night games followed by intense Premier League games the following Sunday.
Pochettino is going to have his work cut out with regards to improving the club’s playing squad over the summer, but it’s important he gives himself extra options which should help Tottenham cope more effectively with the short turnaround time between games next season.
Tottenham have the talent and the potential to go all the way in the Europa League but Pochettino has to get the balance right over how hard the club pushes and how much they keep back for the Premier League.
Europe is a platform where he could decide to utilise the next generation of Tottenham youngsters to give himself more options in terms of playing personnel, if several transfers are difficult to push through during the summer transfer window.
The Europa League may have killed Tottenham and other sides last season, but Spurs need to try and embrace the exciting potential it represents.