Jamie Carragher
Football Expert & Columnist

Jamie Carragher: Tottenham will find it very difficult to make top four

Carragher critical of Spurs set up

Troubling times at Tottenham

Jamie Carragher says Tottenham will struggle to make the top four after 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Tottenham were thrashed in some style by the visitors and Andre Villas-Boas' dismal day was compounded when Paulinho was sent off for a high challenge on Luis Suarez, who scored twice in the game.

Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher was critical of Tottenham's set-up on Super Sunday and thinks the north London side will find it very difficult to qualify for the Champions League.

Carragher said: "There's so many questions with Tottenham at the moment not just on the pitch but off it as well.

"Tottenham had a decent season last year with the most points that they've had, but you look at some of the decisions that the club have made in the last 18 months and virtually every one of them has been wrong.

Villas-Boas - Liverpool were spectacular

"You look at the situation they're in now and it's going to be very difficult for them to get in to the top four for me.

"Something's just not right, I don't think it's a bad run of form here, I think there's something not quite right with this team the way it's been put together.

"The system that they're playing is certainly not suiting Soldado. You look at a player like Lamela, brought in to replace Bale, he's no Bale but £30million from Roma and we've not seen him.

"There's so many players in similar positions, wide players or number 10s, there's five or six of them and he keeps trying different ones each week and whoever he puts in there just doesn't seem to work.

"You're starting to talk about buying new players but they've just spent £100million and signed ten new players so I don't think their owner or Daniel Levy in January is going to say 'do we need players?'

"I think they're going to be seriously looking at his (Villas-Boas) position and how they're set up but unfortunately for AVB, I do feel for him because I'm not sure he's signed all those players."

"There's so many questions with Tottenham at the moment not just on the pitch but off it as well."

Jamie Carragher

Not the same team

Spurs have struggled to score goals this season with just 15 in the league - two fewer than leading goalscorer Suarez - and Carragher believes they've changed the team too much and are not playing the 'Tottenham-way' anymore.

"I think most of the credit should go to Liverpool," added Carragher.

"Looking from a Spurs point of view this is not something that is a freak result, it's happened before, we've seen it at City not so long ago and West Ham at home they got beat 3-0 and West Ham didn't even have a striker.

"The changes AVB made were just like for like, there was nothing different. You're looking at it and you're thinking 'why not do something different'.

"It was so obvious what they did. You were expecting Liverpool to be put under pressure in the second half just to try and not concede but it was just so slow and methodical and was so easy for Liverpool.

"Forget today, 5-0 is an awful result we know that. But we've mentioned all season that it's not like watching a Tottenham team or Tottenham type of players.

"We go back to this team that was here a couple of years ago - Lennon and Bale flying down wings, Van der Vaart off of the striker, Modric pulling the strings in midfield - it's like a totally different team, a bigger, more powerful, stronger team and I was worried Liverpool's midfield wouldn't be able to cope with that, but they couldn't manage Liverpool's midfield especially the running of Henderson.

"Whether Tottenham have been successful in the past or they're doing well or not now; when you think of Tottenham as a football team you have an image of how they play and how they go about things; watching Tottenham this season it's not a Tottenham team."