Former Liverpool defender explains he won’t judge Spurs for at least two more months

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Tottenham’s dominant display against Crystal Palace looked like the turning point in Spurs’ season as fans hoped the team would be able to go on a positive run.

However, an away draw in their opening Champions League match of the campaign against Olympiacos has sent alarm bells ringing once again as the Lilywhites threw away a two goal lead for the second time in three games.

While some Spurs fans on social media have been pretty vocal about their displeasure with the side’s display in Greece, former Liverpool defender Phil Thomson is taking a slightly different view.

The 64-year-old insisted that Tottenham will want to go far in this year’s competition and that the loss in last season’s final will make them want it a bit more.

Speaking to Sporting Life Thompson said: “They enjoyed a wonderful time last year, getting to the final against Liverpool. It was incredible, but both teams struggled so badly in the group stages and just about qualified.

“Tottenham went on a fantastic journey after this, getting results against Manchester City and Ajax. Once you get a taste of it, there is an expectation on the players and staff that they want a bit more and want to taste it again.

“I can see them getting to the quarter final with no issues. I can see all of the English teams getting that far. A lot of the English teams are showing they are at the top of the tree again.”

He also insisted that he will not judge Tottenham or their North London rivals, Arsenal for a couple of months as it will take time for the new signings to bed in.

Thompson added, “I will not pass judgment on Tottenham or Arsenal quite yet as you have to see how things pan out over a couple of months and you can then see what their results, recruitment, and management has been like.

“Mauricio Pochettino wants to see progression in the Champions League and if they can sustain a good fight for the Premier League title too. It is called ambition.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I didn’t think I will ever say this but if only many of our fans had the common sense that Phil Thompson does. The reaction to the draw was completely over the top from some Spurs fans on social media.

We should have some perspective and realise that while a draw wasn’t ideal, it is still a good result given how difficult Olympiacos have proven to beat at home over the years in the Champions League.

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