Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino had limited options during his side’s defeat to Ajax in the Champions League.
Spurs went into their Champions League semi-final with Ajax without Erik Lamela and Harry Kane fit and with Heung-Min Son suspended.
Vincent Janssen, who has enjoyed a comeback at Spurs in recent weeks, was also ineligible, as he wasn’t registered as part of Pochettino’s squad for the Champions League at the start of the season.
It meant that Tottenham’s bench only had defenders and midfielders on it, leaving Pochettino’s options to change the game limited.
And Pochettino admits that the circumstances were far from ideal for his side.
“I think terrible circumstances happened,” he said. “It was a difficult moment that you must accept. I don’t think it’s about squad depth.
“I cannot complain about that. I think we need to accept the reality and that was our reality. A little bit unlucky in some situations. The team were competitive, of course we were so disappointed in the first 25 minutes but in the second half we played much better, it was an even game and gave us hope to believe we can do something special there.”
Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat against Ajax at White Hart Lane, and their performances fell short of their best.
Spurs struggled to cope without their injured players, but they are still in the tie.
Tottenham will now need to win in Holland next week to have any chance of progressing to the final.