Why have Tottenham struggled in the Champions League? Martin Keown explains all

Tottenham's Harry Kane reacts after a missed chance

Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage following a very disappointing European campaign.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the match

Tuesday evening would not have been the night that Tottenham's fans had hoped for as they were well beaten by Monaco or their third loss in three Champions League matches this season. While the 2-1 scoreline suggests it was a close game, it was anything but, as the Ligue 1 side ran riot and could have embarrassed Spurs, had it not been for an outstanding display from Hugo Lloris. With the dust still settling on their loss, Martin Keown has weighed in with his thoughts in his weekly Tackle Keown column for the Daily Mail.

It is unclear as to why Spurs struggled so much in this game, and in the Champions League in general, winning just once. Their league form has not been fantastic of late, however, they are still unbeaten, of stark contrast to their European form.

Keown explained what he thinks have been the root of the North Londoners' problems in the Daily Mail: "Tottenham have struggled because they have played their home games at Wembley. No one would have enjoyed coming to White Hart Lane. Tottenham are unbeaten in the Premier League. The only difference is playing at Wembley.

"It is normal that this young team are feeling the extra burden that Champions League football brings, but Wembley brings too much of a newness. Supporters know how to generate an atmosphere that makes things tricky for opponents at White Hart Lane. At Wembley, your home comforts are just not there".

"I don't think Tottenham would have been able to score those two late goals against West Ham had that match been played at Wembley. If you have a good experience in your first game at Wembley, then that grows in your mind. By losing their first two games there, too much pressure is then placed on Tottenham's away games".

Martin KeownMartin Keown

Keown went on to liken Tottenham's Wembley struggles to his own difficulties with Arenal at the stadium: "I played Champions League games at Wembley with Arsenal and I only understood how important the Highbury factor was when we returned there to play in the UEFA Cup after being knocked out of the Champions League.

"Playing at Highbury is like playing on a postage stamp in comparison. You can create that pressure, intensity, and we got to the final. Playing at White Hart Lane would have no doubt helped Tottenham dig out results in the Champions League".

It seems that Keown is convinced that their struggles have been mostly due to the stadium they are playing in. However, many of their players have struggled to fire in both Europe and the league. Christian Eriksen has been unable to hit his usual heights, Moussa Sissoko has been abject, Vincent Janssen seems unable to find the net and they are missing Toby Alderweireld, the best centre-half in the Premier League.

Tottenham's Dele Alli looks dejectedTottenham's Dele Alli looks dejected

The injuries have started to mount for Tottenham and, in the case of Dele Alli, he was immediately thrown back into the deep end following his return, something that will not have helped him find his best form. Perhaps it is better for Tottenham that their Champions League campaign was not an elongated one. Of course, they still have the prospect of the Europa League if they avoid defeat against CSKA Moscow in the last game of the group, however, the fans are less likely to be heartbroken if they go out of that competition early if they are able to mount a strong title challenge. 

Perhaps the grandeur of England's main stadium is the reason for their struggles, but the players must also look at themselves after their European failure.

Tottenham's Harry Kane reacts after a missed chanceTottenham's Harry Kane 

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