Arsenal legend Ian Wright suggested that Tottenham look exhausted under Mauricio Pochettino's high press.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright explained in a debate for Breathe Sport, why he feels Tottenham fell away last season.
Wright feels it’s linked to the way that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino likes to play his football generally across all competitions.
“The thing with Spurs is, look at the way Pochettino likes his team to play, with the high press – Spurs just looked absolutely knackered,” he said.
One of the main themes of Pochettino’s Tottenham side is the way he likes the defence to maintain a high line.
That places pressure on the midfield and attack to press when the team doesn’t have possession, to win the ball back quickly and prevent the chance that Spurs could be exposed over the top on the counter attack.
It's a style of play which does demand a very high level of physical fitness, with plenty of running and hard work required off the ball.
The problem with that approach is that it can be extremely physically demanding on the players, with the strain and fatigue over them showing towards the end of last season.
However, all of the players now know exactly what is expected of them in terms of Pochettino’s system and they will be better for having played a season under him when they go after domestic glory and qualification for the Champions League all over again in August.