Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Tottenham Hotspur ending the 2018/19 campaign without a trophy after their disastrous week.
Spurs were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea last Thursday, surrendering a 1-0 first leg lead to lose via a penalty shootout at Stamford Bridge. Then just days later they were also eliminated from the FA Cup after going down 2-0 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Following those defeats their odds have gone from 3/10 to finish the season trophy-less to 1/100 with Paddy Power, despite them still being in the Champions League and sitting third in the Premier League.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino said after the loss to Palace that winning trophies "only builds your ego" and that the most important thing for Spurs is to consistently finish in the top four. However with this now being the first decade since World War 2 that Tottenham have failed to win a trophy that statement may not go down too well with their fanbase.
He has later clarified his comments, claiming that they are still building and are close to competing with the best. He said: "We are so close. We need to try to keep working. The fans who are not happy are going to appreciate the job that everyone is doing at this football club in the future. Patience is difficult in football, like in life. We see something and we want it straight away. Football is about building, believing and working hard to develop the project. It's easy to destroy but so difficult to build.
The continued lack of trophies at Spurs is frustrating for all associated with the club
Injuries have had a major impact for Tottenham of late, with the main loss being Harry Kane who is out until March with an ankle issue. A week later Dele Alli picked up a hamstring injury which means that they are without two key men, whilst they have also been without Son Heung-min for the last three matches as he has been playing for South Korea in the Asia Cup. The likes of Fernando Llorente and Erik Lamela have filled in, but the fact of the matter is they are simply nowhere near the level of their absent team mates, and it seems unlikely that they will sign anyone before the deadline.
That could be a major reason why the bookmakers give them little to no chance of winning either the Premier League or Champions League. Indeed it dents their European hopes significantly with both Kane and Alli set to miss the tie against Borussia Dortmund, the team who currently top the Bundesliga.
As for the Premier League, they currently sit nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool and five behind Manchester City in second. Both of those clubs have deeper squads than Spurs and crucially have their key players fit and firing right now. It is difficult to see how they bridge that gap and it could well be a case that they still have a fight on their hands to finish in the top four with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all breathing down their necks. That said, bookmakers remain confident that they will finish in the top four with BetVictor currently offering odds of 7/2 for them to finish fifth or lower.