Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has stated in an interview that the club is currently at a crossroads and he believes that it will soon become impossible for the club to continue overachieving as it has been doing in the last few seasons.
Spurs are currently third in the Premier League, with UEFA Champions League qualification for next season all-but confirmed, whilst they are still in with a good chance to get to the Champions League final, despite their 1-0 loss to Ajax during the week in the first-leg.
However, Pochettino, throughout the season has complained over the lack of backup that the team has, especially now with a crippling injury list that includes Harry Kane, Serge Aurier, and now even Jan Vertonghen. What is even worse is that due to the construction of their new stadium, which cost them around £1 billion, they did not make a single signing over the last two transfer windows, thus their squad has taken a massive hit when it comes to rotation.
Since the defeat in midweek, Pochettino has stated that Spurs are currently in the final stage of a five-year chapter, a time where the club has undergone massive changes, and he feels that it will be tough to carry on in the same manner, with him not knowing what will be coming next in the future.
"I said to you all that when we finish the season I think it's a moment to close a five-year chapter, to analyse, to talk a lot and to give the real value of that period. It was amazing."
He aims to try and develop the club even further, taking it up another level, now that several changes have been made to the facilities and the operations of the club. The Argentine said, "The problem is, what do we want for the next chapter of the club? Now we've finished the training ground, finished the stadium. What does the club want to achieve in the next one, two ,three, four or five years and what are the fans going to expect from the club?"
Pochettino has hailed the progress the club has made over the last five years as an overachievement, especially considering the numerous financial setbacks that the club has had regarding signings due to the stadium.
However, he has also made it clear for the ones in charge of the club to make a stand and to try and invest in the team even more, saying in a press conference that "We need to fight for big things, behave like a big club and do things properly."
With the likes of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane being missing from their first-leg against Ajax, he has found it extremely hard to adapt his team to different styles of play, with the pairing being the two talismans of the team.
Spurs have been rumoured with several potential transfers to happen in the summer, such as a return for one of their former stars, Gareth Bale, whilst the names of Julian Draxler and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have also been mentioned in the papers.
Spurs now have a tough away trip coming up against Bournemouth, right before their crucial Champions League second-leg against Ajax.