Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says his side must improve next season after missing out on finishing second in the Premier League.
A crushing 5-1 defeat at already-relegated Newcastle United on the final day of the season allowed neighbours Arsenal to take second place, with champions Leicester City a way off into the distance.
And Pochettino admitted that he had been left totally deflated by the performance of his players at St James’ Park and now had plenty to ponder ahead of next season.
He told reporters: “I think we showed that this wasn’t a team that had played well through the whole season. I think this was my worst day as a manager in England or Spain.”
“I feel very bad, because the worst thing is we showed we don’t care about the position.
“We have shown in the last few weeks that what we need to improve for next season is our mental state. We can see the problem was that we were not ready to compete and we don’t have enough quality to play with the ball.
“The big problem is that we have to try to identify and take decisions for the future. I was very disappointed and upset because the first 45 minutes of the match was a shame.”
Spurs can be backed at 7/1 to be crowned Premier League champions next season, with Arsenal priced at 11/2 and Manchester City available at 6/4.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen admitted that the players had no-one but themselves to blame, having ended the campaign by taking just two points from their final four league games.
He added on Sky Sports: “It hurts a lot (not to finish second). The last four games we needed one more point and we can only blame ourselves for the last four games.”