Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has urged fans to stop coming forward while complaining about a disappointing cup-soccer week.
The spurs were unloaded both by the EFL Cup and the FA Cup in the space of four days after the defeats at Chelsea on Thursday and at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Once again, it leaves the club realistic – currently in third place in the Premier League – with only a top-4 left to play for this season, with few expecting to realistically challenge each other in the Champions League, where they face Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the last -16.
Round-the-clock games are a huge disappointment for Spurs supporters, who are desperately trying to see the team – probably the best of the Premier League era – raising silver and avoiding becoming " almost men "of this generation.
But Mason believes that fans should stop and remember how far they have come in the last few years, and perhaps lower their expectations.
Speaking of the talkSPORT final speech on Sunday night, the Spurs diplomat said: "We have to rewind.
"I'm a Tottenham man and a Tottenham fan, I've spent my whole life going to Lane and I watched them play Champions League football once, and that was just one episode, it was unbelievable and everyone thought," Wow, let's enjoy this season because we will never see it again ".
"Now they are turning the club into a great club, but as much as some fans can hurt, Tottenham has never been a great club.
"Prehistorically, years ago they won European cups in the 80s, but recent history suggests that Tottenham is not a great club and they never competed with teams like Manchester United, playing the Champions League every year and winning trophies.
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"Now with the new stadium, the new training round, the manager and the team, Tottenham is becoming a great club and people are disappointed not to have won the FA Cup – but this has been happening for a long time.
"I think some fans have to remember where we were and the bigger picture is to hope that the trophies will come."
Mason also came in defense of manager Mauricio Pochettino, who faced criticism to deploy a much changed team in the 2-0 defeat of the fourth round at Palace.
The wounds of Harry Kane and Dele Alli – both coming out until March – and the loss of Heung-min Son in the Asian Cup have come at the worst possible moment for the club, as they have not scored for the third time in this season.
The French wing N & Koudou – who made his first departure for the club since December 2017 – was among those who had the chance to impress, but at 2-0 lost an opportunity glorious to score to put Spurs in a tie, while Kieran Trippier missed a penalty.
But Mason insists that the manager should not be blamed for remixing his team.
"These injuries are unlucky and the Asian Cup has arrived at the moment," he added.
"Obviously when you make changes you could raise your eyebrows and people ask why you did it, but a few months ago Kyle Walker-Peters started a Premier League game and got three assists, and nobody said anything, Oliver Skipp played against Burnley and we won, and nobody said anything.
"In the end the manager believes in the players he has and gives them the opportunity to go out and perform."
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