Alan Shearer has blamed Tottenham’s defenders for the shock 2-1 loss at the hands of Burnley on Saturday afternoon, according to the Sun.
Spurs welcomed back Harry Kane from injury and although the England captain scored, it was not enough to earn a victory as goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes won the day for Burnley.
Shearer said: “Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood gave Spurs’ centre-backs a nightmare. Mauricio Pochettino can complain all he likes to the referee at the end but he’s got to look at his own players for not defending the corner properly.
“I don’t think there was ever a serious title threat from Tottenham and I never thought they would win it.”
Pochettino decided to put three central defenders onto the pitch to deal with the twin threat of Barnes and Wood, but it failed to work.
That three-man backline worked wonders against Borussia Dortmund in Tottenham’s last match, but against a more physical frontline, Juan Foyth struggled back there.
And not defending set-pieces properly is criminal against any side but when facing Burnley, it’s inexcusable and will cost Tottenham against other opponents if it’s not sorted out.
Tottenham have now twice got themselves within striking distance of the title race but then lost their next match, which must also be a concern for Pochettino, who showed the strain with his post-game rant at referee Mike Dean.