THINGS are going from bad to worse for Tottenham Hotspur.They have just three wins from 11 games this season, were dumped out of the Carabao Cup to League Two Colchester and have already lost in the Premier League to Newcastle, Leicester and Brighton.3 Tottenham have hit a crisis this season, just months after reaching the Champions League finalCredit: Rex FeaturesTheir last away league win was on January 20 – the longest stretch of any of the 20 top-flight clubs.Oh, and they also got thumped 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, two weeks after surrendering a 2-0 lead at Olympiakos.It is safe to say Mauricio Pochettino’s men are not having it all their own way and The Athletic reckons there are seven behind-the-scenes factors behind the crisis.NOT TRUSTEDOne dressing room source told The Athletic: “The place is a regime and they’re sick of him. It’s his way or nothing, there is no balance. The players don’t get the impression they are trusted at all.”No wonder some of the long-term players – the likes of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose – have all refused to commit their futures to North London.UNDERPAIDIt is no secret Spurs do not pay the big bucks like they do elsewhere at the ‘big six’ clubs, although Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Erik Lamela have signed big long-term deals.Daniel Levy has prioritised the financial stability of the club – he is a businessman, after all – and has repeatedly refused to offer significant pay rises despite improving on-pitch results.3 Daniel Levy has always captained a tight ship at Spurs, refusing to match the big-money contracts available at other clubsCredit: Alamy Live NewsJEALOUSAccording to the article, news of Levy’s £6million annual salary “went down badly” with players who feel they should be on more than they currently are, especially when they look at their counterparts at the likes of Manchester United and even across North London at Arsenal.One source described Levy as “the Mike Ashley of the top of the league” – desperate to get as far as possible by spending as little as possible.OVERWORKEDThe report reckons five years of relentless training and drilling from Poch is beginning to take its toll.Players have complained they do not get enough days off and the intense pressing, high-energy game looks to be causing problems with a number of individual errors and collective team collapses.DEMOTIVATEDPerformances over recent weeks have been weak, drab and generally well below the standard expected and the standard set.There is a distinct lack of fight and hunger on display and Poch is desperately trying to “recover this aggressivity”.FORMATIONPoch’s determination to stick with his favoured 4-4-2 diamond midfield is also causing problems.It leaves the team exposed down the flanks at Moussa Sissoko admitted the players get tired quicker in that shape. 3 There are concerns over manager Mauricio Pochettino, his mood swings and insistence with a diamond midfieldCredit: ReutersLatest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongMOOD SWINGSThe idea that Pochettino is volatile and unpredictable has only increased this year, especially when he went straight to Barcelona after the Champions League final.His up-and-down, hot-and-cold nature, as well as the speculation linking him with a move away, have reportedly raised concerns at the club.Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munich
Diego Costa sparked the turnaround for Chelsea, cancelling out a 45th-minute own goal by teammate Gary Cahill with an equaliser in the 60th after chesting down Cesc Fabregas’ long ball. Costa set up substitute Willian to put Chelsea ahead in the 70th and Eden Hazard added a third in the 90th, before Ag¸ero’s tackle on Luiz sparked the late skirmishes. Other results: West Ham 1 Arsenal 5; Sunderland 2 Leicester 1; Stoke 2 Burnley 0; Tottenham 5 Swansea 0; West Brom 3 Watford 1; Crystal Palace 3 Southampton 0. TURNAROUND A crushing defeat was about to be confirmed for Manchester City when Sergio Ag¸ero flew into a knee-high challenge and Fernandinho grabbed a goading opponent by the throat in an ensuing melee, shoving him over an advertising hoarding. City’s players didn’t just lose a match to a big title rival. They lost their heads. In a feisty, action-packed game between two of the Premier League’s heavyweights, Chelsea scored three goals in the final half-hour and rallied for a 3-1 win at City yesterday. It was an eighth straight victory for the leaders, all of them coming since their coach, Antonio Conte, switched to a 3-4-3 formation that is making the team irresistible going forward. City dropped four points behind Chelsea in fourth place. Ag¸ero and Fernandinho, two mainstays of Pep Guardiola’s City team, were both red-carded in those unedifying final seconds that saw tempers flare and both sets of players pushing and shoving on the field. Ag¸ero is set to miss the next four matches for his lunge on David Luiz, because it was his second sending-off this season.