Former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has given his thoughts on why his old club have struggled this season to the BBC.
Eriksen said Spurs went into a ‘spiral’ after losing last season’s Champions League final 2-0 to Liverpool, which was compounded by a slow start to the campaign.
He said: “The Champions League final was such a special moment. You lose and the next day it is the end of the world. That is how it goes. Afterwards it was difficult.
“People were still sad from the Champions League final when the season started. After you get a few bad results, then you go into a spiral you are not used to and it was difficult to come back up. It did (unravel quickly).”
TBR’s View – Eriksen with a point or deflecting the blame?
Plenty of Tottenham fans may believe that the fact Eriksen had his head turned but continued to play was a big factor in their side’s poor campaign.
That may lead them to believe Eriksen is deflecting the blame for unsettling the squad onto the fallout from the Champions League final.
But he likely has a point. Tottenham never expected to get into the Champions League final and it was almost inevitable that their players would be hit badly by considering ‘what might have been’.
Spurs bore the look of a side who had almost reached the top of the mountain and lacked the energy and freshness to go again. Eriksen was a part of that, but he also has a point about it affecting his former team-mates too.