Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he may ‘need to add more quality’ to his squad if they are to perform better in the Champions League next season.
The 2015/16 season seemed to be the start of an exciting era for the Tottenham faithful as they watched their side battle Leicester City for the Premier League crown till the end of the season. While it was seen as a relatively good season for the North London side, manager Pochettino knew that things could have been much better.
With a young side and significant funds at his disposal, Pochettino decided to splash the cash in the summer to rope in Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen and Georges Kevin-Nkoudou.
Barring Wanyama, the other three new arrivals have struggled to adapt to life at White Hart Lane, and have not quite provided the strength in depth the manager would have liked when he decided to sign them in the summer.
This was never more apparent than during their woeful Champions League campaign, which was officially ended by Monaco on Tuesday. With three defeats in five games, an abject Spurs side were shown the door in the first stage of Europe’s elite club competition.
After their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Monaco, Pochettino admitted that he may have to strengthen the side by bringing in quality and depth. According to ESPN, the Argentine said:
“Maybe we need to add more quality in the squad. We have quality, yes. To compete in Premier League, yes, but today you could say we struggled a little bit. When you have problems, injuries, it is difficult to be competitive.
“I am disappointed but I am calm because our project is not finished today. The objective was to be in the Champions League regularly. At the moment to compete in Champions League and Premier League, we struggle a little bit. It is important to be calm in our analysis.”
Spurs, to the amusement of many, fielded a weakened starting eleven in a must-win game against Monaco as they have a tricky game in the league against rivals Chelsea on Saturday. This underlined the lack of depth in the squad, which needs to be addressed in the upcoming transfer windows if Spurs intend to compete on multiple fronts.