BBC pundit makes claim about Tottenham Hotspur this season

Garth Crooks feels that Tottenham Hotspur are adapting to having a packed fixture schedule this season

Garth Crooks believes that Tottenham are beginning to adapt to be able to cope with the demands of Champions League and Premier League football this season.

Spurs broke back into the top four and secured a place in the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition this term following their third-place finish in the top flight last season.

Tottenham were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they dropped points for the second weekend in a row.

However, BBC Sport pundit Crooks feels that Mauricio Pochettino and his team are showing that they can cope with the demands of a packed fixture schedule this season.

Speaking to BBC Sport on Saturday, Crooks said: “I can’t help feeling that Tottenham Hotspur, the team and Mauricio Pochettino, are growing simultaneously together, and are coming to terms with the demands of a Champions League season and what it takes to win something at the same time.

“Pochettino has identified the issue but if you want to win things, you have got to come to terms with it. Manchester United did it…”

Tottenham are now preparing for their League Cup fourth-round clash against Liverpool at Anfield in midweek.

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Spurs were Leicester City’s top challengers for the Premier League title last season but eventually ended up third in the table.

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