Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has bemoaned a lack of forward options following their FA Cup exit to Norwich City.
Spurs led the game for the majority of the Fifth Round tie, before the visitors equalised 12 minutes from time.
Tottenham were then taken to extra-time, and with no breakthrough for either side Mourinho watched on as Norwich keeper Tim Krul produced some penalty shootout heroics to dump the home side out of the competition.
Spurs boss Mourinho insisted that he was ‘sad’ for his players following the result, before going on to suggest there will be changes to his side this weekend.
“I don’t have one single negative feeling towards my players, the opposite, they tried fantastic things,” the Tottenham manager commented post-match, as reported by BBC Sport.
“I am really, really sad for the boys, I can cope with the bad result and with negative moments, I’ve had so many, but I am really sad for the players.
“In this moment I have to think about what’s next and I have to speak to my club because I think some of these boys to have a chance to fight Tuesday for a Champions League position they just can’t play on Saturday.
“Particularly in forward positions, behind we’ve got options but not going forward.”
Tottenham face Burnley on Saturday afternoon with their Premier League season hanging in the balance.
Mourinho’s men sit in seventh place, two points off fifth and five points behind a top four finish with some crucial fixtures coming up.
The Tottenham boss is light of options in attacking positions, given the injuries sustained by talisman Harry Kane and the influential Son Heung-min.
With a do or die Champions League tie against Red Bull Leipzig also coming up on Tuesday, it looks as though Mourinho is set to rest players to improve their chances of overturning a 1-0 first-leg defeat.
With the Tottenham head coach claiming he needs to speak to his club, it could also see him demand funds to improve the squad in the summer.
For too long now, Spurs have been over reliant on Kane, with no suitable back-up options in place to deal with any injuries picked up by the striker.
While Tottenham fans are demanding that Mourinho gives 18-year-old Troy Parrott an opportunity, he remains stubborn on the claim that he isn’t ready for the step-up to First Team just yet.
Whether the Spurs boss opts to make changes or not, he cannot afford to disregard the race for a top four finish as there are a number of clubs fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League.
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