Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says the current season is a “massive challenge” after seeing his injury-hit team exit the FA Cup on Sunday.
Spurs suffered a 2-0 defeat away to London rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, where goals from Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend decided the match.
The defeat was a bitter blow to the Lilywhites, coming just three days after they were knocked out of the semifinals of the League Cup by Chelsea.
Spurs were notably the only team not to make any summer acquisitions ahead of the 2018/19 season and their squad has been stretched thin by competing on four fronts, as well as affected by injuries to key men such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Yet manager Mauricio Pochettino had no complaints about the loss at Palace, though he did admit that the campaign is proving more difficult than he imagined.
“It was a fair result,” the Spurs boss told reporters. “They scored and we didn’t. I can’t say anything about that. We can talk about possession and shots but if you don’t score you don’t deserve to win games.
“We came from a crazy fixture schedule and we were forced to make some changes. This season is tough and it’s going to be a massive challenge for us.
“We knew it would be a tough season for us but not as tough as it has been. We’re out of two competitions since Wednesday and we’re disappointed.
“In the last few weeks I’ve listened a lot to many things because in the last few seasons we were close. People wish that in the end we win some trophies, but realistic we are doing so well.
“To win a title here in England like the FA Cup or Carabao Cup is to have luck as well as quality in your squad.”