Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup defeat against Leicester City last weekend had a silver lining.
It comes in the form of something, which should help the side in their quest to secure Champions League football for next season; fewer matches.
With Tottenham facing a maximum of two more games in the League Cup, the priorities for first team boss Mauricio Pochettino will quickly go from four competitions down to two by the end of Ferbruary.
That leaves the club with no excuses for not mounting a serious challenge for the top four.
A problem for Pochettino has been the high ratio of games, which leaves his first choice players with very little turnaround time between games.
That suggests fatigue as a problem, but with fewer games and less strain on his key players, that can no longer be viewed as a reason for inconsistent performances.
The benefits of winning the League Cup are obvious but when the priorities are whittled down to two competitions, Pochettino can juggle things and attack both entry routes into the Champions League for next season.
Whether the boss chooses to focus in getting into the Premier League’s top four or winning the Europa League as a way into the Champions League, he has to utilise every part of his large squad to ensure that fatigue is not a problem.
Tiredness will still be a worry in the back of his mind and another reason Spurs have no excuses for not securing Champions League football is because there is still time left for Pochettino to act in the transfer market.
Another player or more players in key positions enhances his options and it should be something he’s on top of knowing that the team have fewer games to play.
Fewer games should mean fresher players, less pressure on any new arrivals and a greater chance for Spurs to work tactically on eradicating any weaknesses.