Hoddle commented before the defeat against Manchester United, suggesting that even if his old side don’t qualify for the Champions League, they can still look back on the season positively.
“I think they are in the race for the Champions League, but even if they finish fifth or sixth, they can still look back on this season as a success,” said Hoddle.
The ex-boss may have made the comments with half a hope that his old team would win and keep the pressure firmly on in the race for the top four.
However, Tottenham struggled to gain a foot hold in the match yesterday as United saw them off comfortably with one of their best performances of the season.
The top four was always going to be the aim for Tottenham by the end of the campaign because of the possibilities that competition creates.
However, they need to do much more than they showed yesterday because they will slip away if they can’t raise their performance levels against their direct rivals.
As things stand, Tottenham are six points away from the top four with nine games to go and with Liverpool holding a game in hand above them.
They still have a chance, but Mauricio Pochettino needs to turn things around quickly and get them playing some more attractive football.
Tottenham now have plenty of time to reflect and draw analysis of the game ahead of the match against Leicester this weekend.