Paul Merson gives verdict on Mauricio Pochettino’s situation at Tottenham

Paul Merson says it’s worrying times for Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur following their poor start to the Premier League season.

Spurs were initially talked up as potential title challengers this season alongside defending champions Manchester City and Liverpool FC.

The Lilywhites finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to continue their record of qualifying for the Champions League.

Tottenham reached the Champions League final thanks to victories over Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax in the knockout stage.

However, Spurs lost 2-0 to Liverpool FC in the Madrid showpiece to miss out on their first European Cup crown.

Tottenham haven’t been able to buid on that success and their 3-0 loss to Brighton on Saturday was their third defeat of the season.

Spurs have only managed to collect 11 points from eight games to leave the north London side 14 points adrift of leaders Liverpool FC.

Tottenham lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich in north London in their second Champions League fixture of the campaign to heap further pressure on Pochettino.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson suggested Pochettino might be running out of fresh ideas at Tottenham.

“It’s worrying times for Pochettino,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“As a manager you get to certain stages in your career and you can only take a team as far as you can take them. You can’t take them any further. I’m not sure what’s going on at Tottenham.

“There are ways of losing football matches and that wasn’t a good way to lose. If I was the manager, I’d sitting there on Sunday morning thinking, ‘Are these players with me?’. You look at Stoke the other day when they went to Swansea.

“They were bottom of the league and couldn’t win a game for toffee, but they busted a gut and got a result for their manager.

“I look at that and I think that those players are with the manager. They are not mugging that manager off and will run through a brick wall for him.

“But when I look at that Tottenham team getting brushed aside, and I mean brushed aside, by Brighton, you’d have to ask serious questions.”

Pochettino took over the reins from Tim Sherwood at Spurs back in 2014.

Tottenham haven’t won a trophy under the Argentinian head coach despite all the progress they’ve made since his appointment.

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