Glenn Hoddle tears into Mauricio Pochettino’s team and singles out one player

Glenn Hoddle has given a very critical review of the Tottenham Hotspur team after their defeat at home to Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League tie on Thursday night.

Spurs were not given a chance by many people in the previous round where they were drawn against Premier League rivals Manchester City.

However, a very spirited display in both legs of the tie saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeat Pep Guardiola’s men to secure a place in the semi finals of the competition.

Tottenham went into the clash with Ajax, having been hit with a number of injury blows while star man Heung-min Son served a one-match ban.

But the actual performance against the Dutch side on Tuesday was very disappointing as they succumbed to a second straight defeat in all competitions.

After that loss, Glenn Hoddle criticized the Spurs team before singling out Son as the only one who can actually make a difference in the second leg.

“Very, very disappointing,” he said, as per the Express

“They’ve got to be with the way they played. There was no creativity, nothing special, no width at all.

“We said at half time in actual fact they had to go a little old school and go direct.

“They didn’t really sort that out until the last minutes of the game where it was desperate.

“Very, very lacklustre performance from Tottenham, it really was.

“They were like this against West Ham at the weekend, I thought they had one eye on this game.

“But they played in a similar vein, didn’t move the ball quick enough.

“Yes, we’re missing some top, top quality players at the cutting edge of the pitch, [Harry] Kane and Son.

“But you’d expect more than that performance.”

“The spark could be Son,” he continued.

“I think [Lucas] Moura and Son over there, breaking on this Ajax team.

“If you get that away goal, Ajax have got it tonight, and they deserved it the way they opened the game up.

“For the first 30 minutes they were different class to Tottenham.

“But who’s to say when you go away from home you get a little bit more space, the home team can go and attack you, Spurs are capable with Moura and Son in the team to hit teams on the counter.

“They did it to City and they did it to [Manchester] City in the league, in the league match even more so with them two. So there’s still heart there.

“It was key when they hit the post – if that goes in it’s game over.”