FORMER Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has attacked Antonio Conte’s men after the late surrender against Sporting Lisbon.
Spurs scored twice in the death in Portugal as they lost 2-0 in their first competitive defeat since Brighton won in April.
The north London team fell behind in the 90th minute after striker Paulinho headed home from a Pedro Goncalves corner.
And Sporting secured a famous victory when debutant Arthur Gomes scored a minute after coming on as a substitute when he nutmed Emerson Royal and Hugo Lloris.
The result means the Primeira Liga outfit have overtaken Spurs at the top of Group D.
Speaking to BT Sport, Jenas, who scored 26 goals in 202 games for Tottenham between 2005 and 2013, said: “Sporting deserved it in my opinion.
“There was a stage in the game where neither side really deserved the win but I think Spurs just didn’t show up again if I’m being completely honest.
“They spent 65 minutes against Marseille trying to get away with it and got the result due to a red card in that game.
“They showed up in Lisbon today and didn’t show up again.
“There were too many sloppy individual performances. In fairness to Lloris, he kept them in the game.
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“So those two late goals for Sporting Lisbon, I thought they totally deserved them in the end.
“Spurs need to look at themselves and do better.”
He continued: “You’re going to be really disappointed and you’ll have to see for yourself.
“Oddly enough, the points are on the board in the league, but their performances have been very similar [tonight]. Very lethargic, they almost look tired in games.”
Jenas’ former Spurs team-mate Peter Crouch added: “I thought they were too lax and the finish was a bit wayward.
“Some of the touches I thought it was coming from Harry Kane at times, he was giving the ball away.
“There were too many performances that weren’t at the level expected in the Champions League and they were punished for it.”
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