Dimitar Berbatov thinks Tottenham’s inability to hold onto a lead is costing them dearly in the Champions League and his former team needs to improve their concentration levels if they want to go further in Europe.
Spurs’ 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven has made qualifying for the knockout rounds of the Champions League an uphill task. It was also the second time Tottenham have conceded a late, decisive goal in the group stages this term after the disastrous defeat to Inter Milan.
Last season, the Londoners came from two goals down to lead 3-2 on aggregate against Juventus in the Round of 16, only for the Italian giants to produce a comeback of their own at Wembley and progress to the quarter-finals.
And Berbatov believes Spurs must replicate the likes of Juventus, who held onto their 1-0 lead against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
“As Juventus showed, the really good European teams know how to hold on to a lead, but that is somewhere Tottenham keep falling down in this season in the Champions League,” Berbatov told Betfair (via football.london).
“After playing well to get back to 2-1 against PSV, they should have been able to see the game out, but the concentration levels slipped – as happened against Inter Milan – and it cost them again.
“I don’t think it’s down to a lack of experienced heads in the team – these players have plenty of Champions League experience now – but they need to work on the concentration as it’s not good when something keeps happening.”
Spurs have taken just one point from their three group stage matches so far, and it is likely they will need to win the remainder of their games to go through to the Round of 16.