Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas believes Tottenham Hotspur will slip to their fifth straight defeat in all competitions when they travel to Burnley tomorrow afternoon.
Tottenham appears to be on a downward spiral at the minute and their season is in danger of collapsing after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Norwich City on penalties on Wednesday.
The back to back defeat to Wolves and Chelsea in their last two Premier League matches have left the Lilywhites with a mountain to climb to finish in the top four.
Jose Mourinho’s side are showing little signs of turning their form around with their threat in the final third of the pitch having been seriously blunted with the loss of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son while the defence has also looked extremely suspect.
Nicholas believes the Spurs head coach’s priority has to be fixing the team’s defensive issues but insisted that he cannot see them picking up any points from their trip to Turf Moor.
In his column for Sky Sports, the former Scotland international wrote: “Tottenham’s priority right now is to try and get a result and to try and defend.
“It means the reputation of Jose Mourinho is in jeopardy as this is what he was brought in to do – it’s what he’s famous for. His team don’t know how to defend, and he was once the master of the art.
“Have Spurs got the fight and togetherness? I can’t see it. Every team gets injuries, and they’ve got far more options than most clubs.
“If Arsenal and Everton are in with a chance of the top four, then we can’t discount Burnley who are a point above them.
“I don’t think they have enough goals from different areas, but they’re a solid side who have regrouped. Tottenham are in meltdown and I think Burnley will take no prisoners in this.
Spurs Web Opinion
Burnley away is arguably among the worst fixtures we can have at the moment given how short we are on confidence and our congested fixture schedule. Sean Dyche’s men will work their socks off and test our defensive resolve with balls into the box. I am not sure we will be able to match their work rate and intensity given the fact that many of our players played 120 minutes on Wednesday.
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