Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has lamented the club's draw with Swansea City, blaming it on the Europa League.
Spurs fielded a strong squad against Monaco on Thursday night, achieving a 1-1 draw, yet could only manage a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium, and almost lost had it not been for late Hugo Lloris goalkeeping heroics.
Pochettino told The BBC he was proud of his squad for the way they played, admitting they were up against it.
He said: "My feeling is that we are much better than Swansea, in difficult circumstances. After playing in the Europa League and to play a very tough game, I think the effort was brilliant. For that I am very, very pleased."
Same old story
Tottenham began the week on a high, having demolished Manchester City 4-1 with their best display of the season. Against Swansea they did not have the same energy, and it's easy to see they were affected by their Europa League excursion.
It's the same old story for Spurs, who have been battling to stop the Europa League affecting their Premier League form year in and year out for several seasons now.
There have been positives, like Harry Kane breaking through in the competition last season, but Spurs have found even when they attempted to play a reserve team in the tournament, they have progressed to the latter stages.
What is needed, and chairman Daniel Levy needs to act in January to prevent the club's season being hit further, is for the club to add depth to their squad.
Spurs lack options up front, with Kane now expected to pull double duty in the Premier League and Europa League, while a similar situation threaten to burn out promising midfielder Dele Alli.
More depth is needed in central midfield, on the wing, and up front, with the recent injury to new signing Heung-Min Son underlining the lack of numbers added in attack this summer.