The former defender was referring to the Leeds side that made the Champions League semi-final in 2001.
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris saves from Liverpool's Sadio Mane
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has made a comparison between the current Tottenham Hotspur side and the Leeds United side from the turn of the Millennium on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (13/02/2017).
Carragher Was discussing the current Spurs’ side’s defeat against Liverpool at the weekend and their form in the big games.
He mentioned how Spurs must not let their current ability be wasted by not winning anything, like the Leeds team he referred to.
“I am a massive fan of that team, that manager, those players.
“They can’t be remembered over the next 18 months or two years as a team that didn’t win anything. I’ve seen it too often with Spurs, they fail to turn up in big games. Is it a belief thing? Is it a mentality thing engrained in the club?
“If that doesn’t change they are going to become like Leeds. The fantastic Leeds, got to the semi-finals of the European Cup. So what? They didn’t win anything.”
There is certainly major comparisons between the two sides, especially when you look at the age of the two teams. Both clubs have young and hungry sides but perhaps lack some of that experience necessary to actually lift a trophy.
Leeds team photo, Barcelona v Leeds 2000
Leeds United of course went into financial meltdown and ended up having to sell most of their star players and falling down the Football League ladder.
Tottenham Hotspur do not look in danger of doing that, judging by the shrewd financial dealings at the club.
But they will still feel they have not capitalised on a brilliant opportunity if they don’t pick up some sort of trophy during the Mauricio Pochettino era.