Darren Bent claims that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochetttino got his tactics wrong in the humiliating 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
Spurs were crushed at home by the German side in the Champions League group stages and it only added to the building pressure in North London.
They have had some inconsistent form in the opening months of the season and look quite far off the pace they have set in previous seasons.
Spurs play Red Star Belgrade home and away in their next two Champions League matches, where they need some positive results if they want to qualify from the group.
Pochettino came in for criticism from ex-Spurs player Bent after the midweek embarrassment.
He believes that the decision to substitute on Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela in the second-half was a naive one.
The attack-minded trio all entered the pitch with the scoreline at 4-2 to try get the hosts back in the game, but Bayern ended up firing three goals late on.
“To get in there and chase the game at 4-2 when the game was pretty much over you leave yourself exposed at the back and they have got players that can bomb forward at such speed. I think for me, especially second-half mainly, Pochettino got his tactics,” Bent said on Sky Sports Main Event Channel (10:18pm, 1 October).
There would been criticism fired at Pochettino had he not instructed his side to try get back into the game when 4-2 down and at the time there was still plenty of time left.
He made his substitutions one by one and ultimately it’s down to the leaders on the pitch to take charge when they conceded a fifth to make it damage limitations.
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Spurs right now, but what is clear is that Pochettino is one of the best things to happen to the club in recent decades and turning against him would be madness.
Spurs need to pull themselves together to deal with the trip to Brighton on Saturday and can then have the international break to deal with any issues behind closed doors.