William Gallas believes Tottenham are too young and will suffer in the Champions League

The Frenchman has argued that Spurs' lack of experience will hold them back in Europe

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William Gallas believes Tottenham’s youthful squad will serve to hinder the side in next season’s Champions League campaign.

With one of the youngest squads in the Premier League, Tottenham lack the experience of their rivals and Gallas, who spent three years at the club, has argued that this will hold them back on Europe’s main stage.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men finished second in the Premier League last season, earning wide praise for their performances and consistency, but struggled to recreate their domestic form in the Champions League.

Tottenham were knocked out of the competition in the group stages, managing just two victories from six games, and fared no better in the Europa League where they were eliminated by Belgium’s Gent.

And Gallas has said that despite the progress enjoyed by the club across the past two years, Spurs will continue to struggle in Europe next season.

“It was a big shame what happened to them last season but this Tottenham squad is a little too young for the Champions League,” he said.

“Against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the group games, it showed that they needed more experience.

“The Champions League is different to the Premier League. You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focused.

 “If you compare our squad back then with now, we had many older and more experienced players."

Tottenham also have the added consideration of playing at Wembley for the entirety of next season.


Spurs have a poor record at Wembley (Getty)

The side managed just one win from five attempts at the national stadium and questions have been raised if Pochettino’s men can adapt to their temporary home for the 2017/18 campaign.

 “Hopefully, they will have learned from last season’s experience - and be better for it,” Gallas added.