Glenn Hoddle criticises Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier's defending v Anderlecht

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The former Tottenham Hotspur manager and winger has been discussing the duo's display in Belgium.

Glenn Hoddle singled Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier out for criticism after the White Hart Lane outfit's 2-1 defeat to Anderlecht on Thursday night, according to ITV Football.

Indeed, the pair have been two of the north London side's best players so far this season but the former Tottenham manager took issue with their defending for Anderlecht's winner.

Hoddle told ITV's Europa League highlights show: "If you look at Alderweireld and Dier, both have their hands behind their backs. You’ve got to make yourself bigger.

"Both of them have ended up putting their hands behind their backs. Players are scared of the ball hitting their hand and refs giving a penalty.

"It’s a habit players are getting into and it’s cost them there."

The Anderlecht trip was certainly a learning curve for Tottenham and one has to wonder whether Mauricio Pochettino would be better off simply playing a youth squad in the Europa League.

Time after time, the Argentine tries to balance playing strong sides both domestically and abroad and the current Spurs squad just doesn't have the legs for it.

Harry Kane has lost confidence and there are no replacements for him within the Tottenham side up front, except for the injured Heung-Min Son, who is not an out-and-out striker.

Winning the Europa League may be the north London side's best route to the Champions League. But how hard has it been for Tottenham to even get close to winning it over the last few years?

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