Lineker: The 'problem' with Tottenham's approach to the Europa League

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Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Lineker has suggested his old side need to re-think their approach to the Europa League.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Lineker explained in a debate for Breathe Sport that he feels Spurs need to change their mentality with regards to the Europa League.

Tottenham missed out on a top four finish in the Premier League last season, finishing fifth, which means another season playing in the Europa League on a Thursday night.

That leaves very little turnaround time before Premier League games on a Sunday, giving manager Mauricio Pochettino a problem in terms of which competition to prioritise.

“The problem is they go into it thinking ‘we can win this’ and then they play their best team – They then suffer in games afterwards,” he said.

UEFA have incentivised the Europa League by offering the winners of the competition a route into the Champions League for the following season.

That makes it an extremely exciting and tempting tournament for all teams to take seriously.

Tottenham are more than capable than mounting a serious push to win the Europa League, but they need to improve their squad over the summer, to maintain that charge and remove potential knock on effects with regards to the Premier League.

Pochettino needs to work hard to give himself extra options in key areas and he will be aided by having the likes of Dele Alli and Alex Pritchard among others in his squad.

The main aim for Tottenham is always going to be the Champions League and the boss has to judge Tottenham’s best entry route into that format.

Last season showed that playing for a middle ground across both competitions doesn’t work and it’s back to the drawing board ahead of the new campaign.

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