Tottenham Hotspur are facing a simpler next few months after their Europa League exit.
Tottenham will definitely be disappointed that they lost in the Europa League last night against Fiorentina, but it’s a result which may have now made their season much simpler.
Even before the game kicked off last night, plenty of fans would have been talking about the League Cup final against Chelsea this weekend.
Pochettino’s team selection last night showed that he simply doesn’t have the squad depth at the moment to be able to compete in Europe and in the league.
The back-up options coming into the side to replace key players means that the team just doesn’t have the same levels of strength.
Roberto Soldado starting instead of Harry Kane is a perfect example, with the Spaniard struggling to produce the sort of performance that Kane has shown throughout this season.
The focus is all about the League Cup for the next couple of days but the club’s chances of finishing in the top four over the rest of the season should be benefited by the fact the team is now out of Europe.
Fewer matches means less physical strain on the squad and should allow Tottenham to spring into each important match just that little bit fresher than would have been the case had they played on the Thursday before.
Pochettino deserves credit for not resting everyone last night and giving the match a go but his job is simpler, with more time to prepare the team between games and put complete focus on qualifying for the Champions League after this weekend.
If Spurs secure fourth place and are in the Champions League next season, it may well be seen as a pivotal point in the club’s season.