William Gallas has suggested to The Daily Star that Tottenham Hotspur will not make a major impact in the Champions League next season.
Tottenham featured in Europe’s premier club competition during the 2016-17 campaign, but the North London outfit failed to get past the group stage.
Former Arsenal and Spurs defender Gallas, who is now 39 years of age, does not expect Mauricio Pochettino’s side to fare much better in 2017-18.
The former Chelsea man believes that the current Spurs squad is too young to take Europe by storm.
“It was a big shame what happened to them last season but this Tottenham squad is a little too young for the Champions League,” Gallas told The Daily Star.
“Against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the group games, it showed that they needed more experience.
“The Champions League is different to the Premier League. You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focussed.“
Gallas’s comments are valid; indeed the current young and vibrant Tottenham side lack experience of playing Champions League football on a regular basis.
Spurs, though, should not be too disappointed or concerned about how they do in the Champions League next season.
The North London outfit should be pleased if they past the group stage and into the last-16 round; anything else should be considered a bonus.
Tottenham are a good team and have some wonderful players, but the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus are above the rest of the teams in Europe.