Published On: Wed, Sep 18th, 2019

Tottenham news: Peter Crouch claims Spurs drew to Olympiakos because of Arsenal | Football | Sport

Tottenham’s north London derby draw against Arsenal earlier this month affected them in their Champions League opener against Olympiakos, claims former Spurs striker Peter Crouch.

Spurs threw away a 2-0 lead in Athens on Wednesday to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered the same fate when they played Arsenal at the Emirates on September 1.

On both occasions Harry Kane scored a penalty to help put Tottenham two goals to the good.

However, Olympiakos, like Arsenal, pulled a goal back just before the break through Daniel Podence.

The Greek side equalised through a penalty of their own after half time.

And Crouch, working for BT Sport, says the Arsenal draw definitely was in the minds of the Spurs players.

“They’ve been fortunate, Tottenham, to be 2-0 up, in my opinion,” he said.

“They didn’t start the game well and then obviously the goal just before half time killed them really.

“I did worry for them in the second half.

“It looked like a dive at first but obviously he did stand on his foot.

“I think the Arsenal game was in their head, without a doubt.

“Once they go 2-0 up and then the goal just before half time, mentally it’s ‘here we go again’.

“I’ve been there and it’s difficult to get out of that mindset when you’re in it.”

Despite the result, Kane is confident last season’s runners up can qualify for the knockout stages.

“We put ourselves in a great position, after that we controlled the game but conceding a goal before half time changed the momentum,” the England captain told BT Sport.

“In the second half, it was 50/50, we could have done better on the ball but a point away from home.

“Last season we didn’t start too well and had to play catch up, this is only the first game and we are definitely backing ourselves to go through.”

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