Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Spurs could be changing a lot of aspects about their squad next season in order to start challenging for the top four place.
Their Champions League aspirations wilted this season after a 1-0 defeat against relegation threatened Aston Villa. Tottenham looked short of ideas as they failed to beat Tim Sherwood’s team who are playing with only 10 men for most of the match. Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the game to put an end to Tottenham’s aspirations of a top four finish. The club’s current position is likely to see them return to the Europa League next season.
After making substantial changes last summer, Pochettino has not ruled out doing the same in the upcoming transfer window. He says that the difficulty of playing in the Europa League cannot be stressed, as Spurs have to deal with Thursday and Sunday matches for much of the campaign. He has not ruled out the possibility of going for an even bigger squad in order to cope with the demands of the Europa League, but there are indications that he could go for a different squad as well. This has raised concerns about the futures of players like Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor.
“Always you have in your head some idea, yes.We need to analyse. But always you can improve your squad. Always this is our idea.It’s difficult. It was a very long season. When you do a whole season playing Thursday Sunday maybe you arrive at the end at a very difficult level.It’s not easy. When you are a young squad and you make the biggest effort during the season maybe you arrive, not physically, but mentally in a very difficult moment at the end of the season,” said the Spurs manager.