ESPN pundit Craig Burley warns Tottenham will struggle to make top four, Pochettino under pressure

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Pundit critical of Tottenham Hotspur.

ESPN pundit Craig Burley has warned Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure and does not believe the club have a good chance of making the top four.

The former Scotland international and ex-Chelsea midfielder was speaking after a week in which Spurs have lost two consecutive matches.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min in action with Chelsea's Victor MosesTottenham's Son Heung-min in action with Chelsea's Victor Moses

Spurs are in fifth position in the Premier League and eliminated from the Champions League after just five games.

Speaking to ESPN, referring to last week's 2-1 loss at Monaco, Burley said: "Whats the end game? If you get in the Champions League, and you are resting players, what is the point?

"I think its going to be a struggle for the top four. There is a pressure on Pochettino to take them forward.

"They had a big opportunity last year when those big clubs faltered, Leicester put their head above the parapet and that was the only team Tottenham had to shoot down, until Arsenal came along, and they failed.

"That puts the pressure on this season. If they don't finish in the top four, where do they go from here?"

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

In response to Burley's question, from a financial point of view, Tottenham are well run and have not gambled their future on qualifying for the Champions League.

This past season was the only one in the past five years in which they have qualified for the competition, and while that makes their decisions not to go all out to succeed even more perplexing, Spurs would surely take missing out on the chin and look to rebuild and go again the next year.

Tottenham chairman Daniel LevyTottenham chairman Daniel Levy

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