Arsenal legend suggests Tottenham are suffering from a ‘hangover’

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur could be suffering from a hangover after their Champions League campaign.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side made it to the final of European football’s most prestigious club competition, only to suffer a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

After battling back from the jaws of elimination on more than one occasion, the performance in Madrid was certainly not to the level which many fans had hoped to see with the club chasing their first ever Champions League crown.

Tottenham have endured a tough start to the new Premier League season having won just one of their opening four fixtures.

Whilst Spurs have secured draws away to Manchester City and Arsenal; two fixtures in which they failed to register a point last season, the home defeat to Newcastle United certainly sticks in the throat.

Tottenham will now be looking to regroup after the international break which a hopefully much more settled squad following the closure of the European transfer window on Monday.

“As for Spurs, I just wonder if they’re suffering a post-Champions League final hangover,” Keown wrote in the Daily Mail.


Whilst ninth-place isn’t exactly what we had envisaged after four matches, we have to take stock and realise that we have already played two ‘top six clubs’ despite the fact that the loss to Newcastle was unforgivable.

Nothing less than a win against Crystal Palace in our next game at the Lane will do.

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  1. Martin Keown, I don’t believe Spurs are suffering from any sort of hangover from champions league. That final was a bomber.
    that official got his officiating wrong. The alleged hand ball was wrong. Var did not even get considered.
    I watched that play over and over, it was not a hand ball. That decision took everything out of the game. Even Liverpool didn’t even seem to want play after that. Had that penalty not been given, i believe the game would have been different. The final became very lackluster from both teams. Even though the season has passed, I can tell you and maybe you can honestly search your mind. Spurs have been dealt some very controversial and hard decisions from officials, where I have seen the other so called big 5 get away with on a repeated bases. See if you can recall any games and really look at some decisions that have been made. I can recall an incident in a non Spurs game where there was a clear hand ball, you know what the commentators where saying? It’s too early for a big game to give a hand ball. Guess who was playing Liverpool vs City. I rest my case where those favors where passed to both teams or one. I’ve played this game and surely, the bias is there.


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