Gallas: Spurs Need Experience to Compete in Europe

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Dom Le Roy

Former Spurs defender William Gallas has claimed the current Tottenham team is too youthful to effectively compete with Europe’s elite in the Champions League next season.

For the first time in the club’s history, Tottenham Hotspur have qualified for the Champions League for the second successive season, thanks to a stunning Premier League campaign that saw Spurs finish as runners-up with 86 points and ultimately unfortunate to be rewarded with no silverware.

In spite of Tottenham’s impressive progression under manager Mauricio Pochettino, former Spurs centre-back William Gallas has been quick to point out that the Tottenham squad is too young to threaten in Europe.


“It was a big shame what happened to them last season,” Gallas told The Daily Star. “but this Tottenham squad is a little too young for the Champions League.”

“Against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the group games, it showed that they needed more experience.”

Last season, Tottenham struggled to replicate their impressive league form at Wembley and overseas, disappointingly getting knocked out at the earliest possible stage in both the Champions League and the Europa League.

The retired Frenchman believes that this will only happen again, and that to turn things around, Spurs must add experience to their squad.

Gallas, now 39, enjoyed spells at both Chelsea and Arsenal before joining Tottenham in 2010, where he played for Spurs in the only other occasion in which Tottenham participated in the Champions League, during the 2010-11 season.

32 years old at the time, Gallas was awash with international and domestic experience, which proved useful as Spurs defied the odds to reach the Quarter-Finals of the tournament in their debut season.

“The Champions League is different to the Premier League,” He added. “You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focused.”

“If you compare our squad back then with now, we had many older and more experienced players.”

Do you think he’s right? If so, what experience would you add to our squad?

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