Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes that the current Tottenham group have come to the end of a cycle and the lack of intensity highlights that.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has built a brilliant Spurs team during recent years that have become regulars at the top end of the Premier League table and they have a strong English core running through it.
But the North London club have not won any silverware in that time and even lost the Champions League final to Liverpool last season.
It’s a been a poor start to the new campaign and they are in turmoil right now, having picked up just one victory in their last seven games across all competitions.
They returned after the international break at the weekend to draw 1-1 at home to Watford and face Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night in the Champions League group stages.
Carragher has picked out a major drop off from Spurs that is obvious this campaign and feels that this group of players may have gone as far as they can.
“How I explain it is that I think this cycle is over for this Tottenham team – and I love this Tottenham team, and I love this Tottenham manager,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (7:05pm, 21 October).
“But last season, getting to the Champions League final papered over some of the cracks slightly. They lost 20 games last season.
“It feels like it’s physical and it’s mental maybe in the dressing room too. There is a lack of intensity and it comes from the fact they have been together so long and they are not quite good enough. It looks to me like this is the end of it now.”
Spurs are in danger of facing an uphill battle in the Premier League top four race continues and they have to travel to table toppers Liverpool on Sunday to make matters worse.
It would be great for the club to resolve the futures of senior players in the final year of their contracts and look to replace them in January or next summer if they exit.
They still have an elite manager in Pochettino and a lot of potential to be successful at their new ground, but they need to fix any issues in the dressing room and start turning results around on the pitch.