Tottenham Hotspur hit back at their critics on Tuesday night as they took to the White Hart Lane turf, the scene of the 7-2 massacre at the hands of Bayern Munich.
However, this time around, Spurs were the ones recording a five-goal win in the Champions League as the obliterated Red Star Belgrade on the night.
Braces from Harry Kane and Heung Min Son, as well as a 200th appearance goal for Erik Lamela, saw Spurs secure all three group stage points.
The team desperately needed that win too after coming into the match off the back of a draw at home to Watford and without a win in three games.
Spurs fans will be hoping that the 5-0 win kickstarts some kind of form this season, especially with an away trip to Liverpool coming up this weekend.
Spurs legend, Michael Dawson, believes that the word ‘crisis’ was always a bit harsh when thrown at Tottenham this season and he claims that the players will find the light at the end of the tunnel.
Dawson said (SportingLife): “I think it’s a sign that they are a top team. A sign that they have good players although Red Star were very poor – it was also a little bit of that.
“I always thought that they would win. Did I think it was going to be as comfortable as it was? No, just because of the form and confidence can be hit when you’re losing football matches.
“Kane has even come out and said it’s been a tough time for them which it is. As footballers, when you’re not winning, there’s pressure and expectation and they have got that expectation because of what they’ve done over the last few years, something they’ve achieved because as a club, they’ve moved forward.
“They’re just getting a little bit of criticism at this moment in time but they will come out at the other side for sure.
“To say a crisis is a little bit harsh. When you set the standards and the heights that they have set over the last four or five years since Mauricio Pochettino has been there and then you drop below and you’re not achieving what you set out to achieve, losing football matches that people expect you to win, you’re going to be coming under scrutiny and people are going to be questioned.
“Players who have played so well like Eriksen, a player who was there when I was there, a great player and a great lad, is running out of contract, as is Alderweireld, and they’re not playing to the same heights that they have set.
“Those players start to come under scrutiny.”
On the Liverpool match, Daws added: “It’s going to be a tough game. I was confident that Liverpool were going to beat Manchester United on Sunday and they didn’t because that’s what football can do.
“When a team is struggling, playing a big team full of confidence, you think ‘just get something’ that you can breed off.
“It’ll be a tough game for Spurs on Sunday for sure.
“They’ve got to try and go to play their own game but you’ve also got to know that, at this particular time Liverpool and Manchester City are in a league of their own.
“But the way Liverpool are now puts them in a great position to win the Premier League and credit to Jurgen Klopp for what he has done there.”
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