Spurs are flexible in that they have two formations that are very effective in the Premier League and they will switch between them as the season progresses. Kyle Walker was sold, Josh Onomah was sent to Aston Villa on loan and Kieran Trippier, Heung-Min Son, Erik Lamela and Danny Rose are still battling through injury concerns as of this writing.
The dig is that Tottenham are over-celebrating falling short, when they should be more upset in the old adage "second is nowhere". "Tottenham don't have that depth in that squad like some of those teams".
"He's better now than he was at half-time but we must wait".
That very bad run has many fans shuddering with fear ahead of the new campaign, and manager Pochettino has conceded the move could present the team with their biggest test this term.
They were the only side that have been involved in the title race during both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns and the only to have gone through the whole of last season unbeaten at home - a record that separated them from the other top six hopefuls, barring Chelsea.
Spurs didn't suffer many long-term injuries last season.
This is of course a major blow going into the new campaign after the sale of Kyle Walker earlier in the summer which has left the club with just Trippier and youth star Kyle Walker-Peters as the club's natural right-backs. But that doesn't change the fact that Spurs haven't bought any players - whether they be big-name ones or bargain buys to bolster the first-team squad - so far.
For example, Spurs would like to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who has one year remaining on his contract, but they are not willing to meet the reported £35m asking price, and their hope is that the Toffees will cave in as the August 31 transfer deadline approaches.
It would be a surprise if Tottenham didn't make a single signing this summer, as it could slow down their progression under Pochettino. An injury to either Kane or Alli, or even Christian Eriksen, could cost them a lot of points. They played four European matches at Wembley and won only one of them. A whole season playing home Premier League and Champions League matches at England's home of football might be quite detrimental to their ambitions.