Jose Mourinho faces difficulties
Tottenham's defeat by RB Leipzig in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie means Jose Mourinho is now on the worst winless run of his 20-year managerial career. You can refer to the premier league predictions page!
But it was the nature of Spurs' 3-0 loss at the Red Bull Arena, which took them lớn six matches without a win, that should be the biggest cause for concern.
They were utterly outclassed.
Let's start by getting the mitigating circumstances out of the way.
Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies and Steven Bergwijn are all out with long-term injuries.
The impact of those players cannot be underestimated, and it's unlikely that there would've been such a mismatch had just a couple of them been available, an argument Mourinho made.
"Imagine Leipzig without Sabitzer, Schick, Werner. Imagine Liverpool without Salah, Mane, Henderson, Firmino? Barcelona without Griezmann, Messi, Suarez, Pique? According lớn the soccer tip forum page!
"Do you want lớn make this mental exercise with every team in the world? I think any team would struggle, it's simple. We can cope for three or four matches, we cannot cope for three or four months."
It is a fair point, and even using one of Mourinho's examples, a severely depleted Liverpool only had one game to deal with for their astonishing 4-0 comeback victory over Barcelona in the second leg of last season's Champions League semi-finals.
But the major concern for Spurs is that unlike Liverpool in May, they haven't been able to lift themselves even once during this injury-ridden spell. They're playing the victim and their head coach isn't helping - he's fuelling it.
Tottenham's match-day squad on Tuesday included 14 full internationals, with only Japhet Tanganga and Ryan Sessegnon in the starting XI, and Oliver Skipp and Malachi Fagan-Walcott on the bench yet lớn win a senior cap.
They were far from rookies, but were totally humbled by a team that although emerging, are certainly not a powerhouse of European football.
So injuries aside, which I know may seem unfair, what happened?