Paul Walsh suggests that Tottenham have to now qualify for the Europa League following their Champions League exit.
Tottenham's Dele Alli looks dejected
Pundit Paul Walsh has told Sky Sports Soccer Special (22/11/2016) that he thinks Tottenham have to try and make sure that they claim third place in their Champions League group.
Spurs crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening, as they lost 2-1 away to Monaco, with Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lemar scoring either side of Harry Kane's penalty.
With just one win in their five Champions League group games, Spurs have endured a miserable campaign so far, and they now need to avoid defeat against CSKA Moscow in their final group game to book a place in the Europa League.
Ultimately, Tuesday's result adds to a terrible run of form for Spurs, as they've now won just one of their last nine games in all competitions, and manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to find an answer and quickly if they're to continue challenging for a top four place.
Spurs will again hope to break into the top four to win a Champions League place, and whilst the Europa League is often considered as a distraction from the Premier League, Tottenham now have to wonder whether it's their best route into the Champions League for next season.
The winners of the competition are handed a spot in the Champions League, and with top four sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all looking strong, Pochettino may have to view the Europa League as something to focus on.
Tottenham's Harry Kane looks dejected at full time
Ahead of their final group game against CSKA, former Spurs striker and current pundit Paul Walsh has had his say on the situation, telling Sky Sports Soccer Special (22/11/2016) that Tottenham need to 'stop dreaming and start playing', claiming that they now have to qualify for the Europa League for the sake of their Champions League qualification hopes.
Walsh added that Tottenham have completely lost their fluency, belief and confidence since beating Manchester City at the start of October, even suggesting that Spurs haven't played well in any Champions League game this season.
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris looks dejected after Monaco's Djibril Sidibe scores
“I think they will [want to be in the Europa League]. It's a route into the Champions League,” said Walsh. “The way they're playing at the moment, the wheels of their season have come off, so there's no guarantee that they're finishing in the top four; they need every route open to them. They've got to stop dreaming and start playing again.”
“I can't describe their Champions League form. After that fantastic result against Manchester City, I just don't really know what's gone wrong. The fluency, the belief, the confidence, it all seems to have drained out of them, and especially in the Champions League. They've been so poor, I've watched every single game, they haven't had a performance in any of them,” he added.
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