Tottenham are in a crisis
Tottenham have struggled this season and look like they are in a crisis. They lost last weekend to Brighton 3-0 and never looked like they were going to win the game and are currently in 9th in the Premier League. This followed the 2-7 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League which was the biggest European home defeat for an English club ever. This is a humiliating stat for a team that only four months ago were in the final trying to win the competition.
Additionally, they were kicked out of the EFL Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester on penalties. Many people think that this competition would have been a good way for Pochettino to win his first piece of silverware at the club, but it was not meant to be this season.
Some of their big star players have not been performing well lately, most notably Alli and Eriksen. Since Alli has returned from injury in September he has only played four of a possible eight matches with three of those four matches coming in the losses against Bayern and Colchester and the draw with Olympiacos in the Champions League. The former double young-player of the year should be worried as he has not scored a goal since January and 14 in his last 62 matches which is a big difference to three seasons ago when he got 18 Premier League goals in 37 matches.
There were rumors that Erickson wanted to leave this summer and swap Spurs for Madrid, but the move never materialised. This led to him not starting the first couple of games, but since then he has come back but looked like his former self. It seems that with his contract expiring at the end of the season he has his mind elsewhere.
Pochettino will be very happy that the international break came when it did because it means he has time to get his team out of the spotlight and re-group with the players who did not go away. He will need to find a solution to his problems quickly or risk destroying the great team that he has assembled in the last five years.