Harry Redknapp blasted Tottenham’s performance in their 3-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday and claimed that a number of players in the squad are not playing anywhere close to their true potential.
Spurs went into the second leg in Croatia 2-0 up and Jose Mourinho decided to put out a relatively strong team in order to seal the qualification for the quarter-final.
However, Tottenham simply did not turn up on the night as the home side grew in confidence as the game went on and eventually completed a historic comeback to dump the North Londoners out of the competition.
Redknapp admitted that he thought Dinamo had no chance of overcoming Spurs on the back of what he saw in the first-leg.
The former Tottenham manager talkSPORT (19 March, 9.30am): “(Dinamo) were so average I thought there’s no way (Tottenham could lose the game after a 2-0 first leg win).
“It was a dreadful performance, to go there and lose 3-0, it was beyond belief really.
“They have got a very, very strong group of players there but for whatever reason they’re not performing.”
Redknapp insisted that Tottenham have one of the most talented squads in the Premier League but too many of their players have failed to hit the levels that they are capable of.
He added: “Dele Alli; what’s happened to him? He’s in, he’s out, he plays he doesn’t play. (Harry) Kane, (Gareth) Bale; it’s a scary group of players.
“Even the centre-forward who came on (Carlos Vinicius) – they tell me he’s an absolutely fantastic player.
“They’re full of quality players, players who get in the England squad can’t even get in the Tottenham team!
“It’s been a very, very poor season. I looked at the squad and thought they could be challenging here but they’ve been miles off.”
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While we are undoubtedly short of quality in a few areas of the pitch, we have a squad that is good enough to finish in the top four. As always, the buck stops with the manager/head coach if a team is not performing to the best of its potential and unless we see a massive response from the players in the coming weeks and months, Mourinho’s days at the club are numbered.
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