Berbatov explains how Spurs are the latest victims of a worrying Champions League trend

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Tottenham are currently going through their poorest run of form since Mauricio Pochettino arrived at the club over five years ago.

The disappointing start that the team made to the season was compounded further by conceding ten goals in their last two games against Bayern Munich and Brighton.

Few would have imagined that Pochettino’s future will be questioned just months after he took the team to the final of the Champions League but that is exactly what is happening (Sky Sports).

While some questioned the manager’s tactics, others have pointed the finger at the Tottenham hierarchy for failing to refresh the squad over the last couple of seasons.

However, former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov has insisted the slump is due to the fact that the club is finding it difficult to manage expectations after their terrific run in the Champions League last season.

Speaking to Betfair, Berbatov said: “Spurs reached the Champions League final, now they are in really bad shape. With Leverkusen, I reached the Champions League final and the next season we were fighting relegation.

“Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp reached the Champions League Final and the next season they were fighting to stay in the league. So, there is a trend here, teams that aren’t used to reaching these heights have difficulty the next season maintaining that level and managing expectations and I think Spurs are experiencing this at the moment.

“At Leverkusen, we had the same team and the same coach – similar to Spurs, yes, they have made one or two signings but they are basically the same team, so you sit around and wonder ‘what the f**k is going on, we were Champions League finalists and now we were fighting relegation’ – how do you explain that?

“There is a trend and you need to react and get some kind of response sooner rather than later otherwise you’re going to be fighting against the drop and it’s going to be s**t, you don’t want that.”

While he said he doesn’t want to see the Lilywhites facing a relegation battle, he suggested that the signs from their last outing against Brighton were worrying.

Berbatov added, “I remember at Leverkusen we were saved from relegation after the last game of the season and we were jumping around like we won the Champions League, we were happier. I don’t want Spurs to go through that, but the game I saw against Brighton was pretty much the same as Manchester United – nothing was there.”

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While the performance against Brighton was extremely concerning, I don’t see any threat of Spurs facing a relegation battle this season. In fact, I still expect the team to turn their form around and finish in the top four as I believe the squad is too good to finish behind the likes of Leicester or Chelsea.

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