By Joe Harker
If there's one thing that dogs Tottenham Hotspur in their quest to establish themselves as a successful team that seriously and consistently challenges for trophies it's accusations of weak mentality.
For years the "lads, it's Tottenham" thing has followed them and the team fluffing their lines in important games has become so notable that it's described as "Spursy".
That's the tag they need to get off their backs, but a 2-2 draw against Olympiacos in the Champions League this week will have done nothing to dispel the idea.
Spurs were 2-0 up and cruising after a Harry Kane penalty and a wonderful goal from Lucas Moura looked to have put them in control of the game, then they conceded twice and took only a solitary point away from Greece.
The performance was described as "a bit Spursy" by pundits Gary Lineker and Rio Ferdinand.
It's precisely the description Spurs don't want, but their draw in the Champions League and slightly odd start to the Premier League campaign have sown the seeds of doubt.
They threw away a lead and several key players put in poor performances when the team needed them to shine. After the game manager Mauricio Pochettino criticised the mentality of his players for throwing the game away.
Spurs don't sound like a happy camp at the moment after last season's appearance in the Champions League final represented something of a high point for Pochettino and his squad. Now things feel like they're falling apart again.
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However, Pochettino said mentality wasn't a big issue for his players despite the lack of it against Olympiacos.
The game could have been so different, a couple of good chances near the end of the game weren't taken but Spurs did recover near the end to finish well.
Even if the game looks "a bit Spursy" not every bad result is emblematic of wider failings with the mentality of the team. Sometimes blowing a 2-0 lead is more about the other team catching you on a bad day and making the most of it.
Spurs are a much better team than they used to be and expectations may have been warped by them reaching the Champions League final last season. They're not the second best team in Europe, let alone England, but that doesn't mean they aren't very good.
This isn't the first time this has happened to Spurs this season. In the recent North London Derby they took a 2-0 lead over bitter rivals Arsenal before being held to a draw.
Still, they're third in the Premier League and they should progress from their Champions League group. The other teams in their group besides Olympiacos are Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade. While most would expect Bayern to top the group Spurs are still tipped to qualify.