Tim Sherwood makes optimistic Spurs claim after Champions League catastrophe

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Tim Sherwood

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s side could mount a challenge for the Europa League trophy if they exit the Champions League.

Spurs find themselves with just a point from their opening three matches against Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSV, yet face a mammoth task of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition due to their disastrous start.

Hugo Lloris had another evening to forget in his second Champions League start of the season after he was shown a straight red card in the 79th minute for a challenge outside of the penalty area on Hirving Lozano. The decision allowed PSV to get a second wind and levelled the score in the 88th minute to send Tottenham’s hopes of a win crashing down.

Sherwood, however, feels that his former side are well suited to the Europa League to end their barren spell of trophies.

“If they go into the Europa League, I think they can win it,” he told Sky Sports’ The Debate.

“The Europa League is often seen as a hindrance to your league position, playing on Thursday and again on Sunday, but I believe Tottenham need to get a trophy.

“I think that’s a realistic chance. It’s not easy because there’s a lot of games and a lot of travelling and the squad is not the biggest.

“They might have to dip into the transfer market if they possibly can in January, depending on where they are going to be.

“Tonight was one of those nights. Everything fell for PSV Eindhoven. I don’t think Tottenham got the rub of the green.

“Everything went against them today. They have to dust themselves down and Mauricio is not a fool. He will tell the boys the truth that they played well tonight.

“They can be disappointed but there were a lot of good performances.”

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