Charlie Nicholas believes Tottenham players and fans are always pessimistic about their fortunes.
Speaking to Sky Sports, pundit Charlie Nicholas has expressed his belief that Tottenham suffer with the weight of expectation placed upon them, as all the players and fans are pessimists.
Nicholas said: “Maybe they don't enjoy the favourites tag because all Spurs fans and players tend to be pessimists.”
The former Arsenal forward was speaking ahead of Spurs’ Europa League game with Anderlecht, in which Tottenham were expected to win.
They were in much better form than their Belgian opponents, and head coach Mauricio Pochettino named a fairly strong starting XI, and went ahead inside the opening minutes of the game.
However, Spurs contrived to lose the game, falling down to a 2-1 defeat which ensured they registered their first defeat in the Europa League this season.
Following the game, Nicholas’ comments certainly seem somewhat correct, with the weight of expectation meaning Tottenham imploded from a position of control to one of defeat.
The former Arsenal man is suggesting that pessimism surrounds the Tottenham squad, and, becuase of this, they always struggled to cope with the weight of expectation. They can record exceptional victories against the odds - like they did against Manchester City - but can then fail to deal with what should have been a routine win over Anderlecht, falling to a defeat.
This kind of mentally appears to be fading with Pochettino in charge, but it is clear the head coach still has work to do over the coming months to make Spurs a force in English and European football.