Tottenham stopper Hugo Lloris believes his side is not yet recovered from UEFA Champions League loss last year following previous bad results.
Mauricio Pochettino, lost his job last year after slowly results from both PL standings as well UEFA Champions League, Mourinho took the position but they were on a run of six matches without a win before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tottenham were also knocked from both UEFA Champions League and FA Cup, Lloris says their regression should not come as a huge surprise.
He said: “There is a risk when you go over your potential. Last season, we went on an incredible run in the Champions League and we finished the season on our knees. You don’t have time to recover from one season before you have to start a new one.
“And then there was the accumulation of things that provoked the situation and then a lot of injured players, the change of manager. It’s difficult to stay stable and to be always looking at the top.
“There is sometimes one season when everything goes against you. Maybe the consequence when you play four years making a huge effort to compete with the top teams and finish in the top four [every season], it’s a lot of accumulation and one season there is everything you cannot control. It can happen.”
Tottenham’s poor form before football’s shutdown could, at least in part, be explained by long-term injuries suffered by Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko.
The quartet were expected to miss most of what was left of the season, but, with the Premier League only set to return from its suspension next week, they are now expected to play a key role, as Spurs bid to close the seven-point gap on fourth-placed Chelsea.
Lloris said: “We are more or less all fit and this is a big difference. We’ve been quite unlucky in terms of injured players. It affected us a lot. So it’s like a new season that is going to start.
“The feeling is getting there. It is only a question of time, a question of confidence too, because the only way to get better is to win games and keep winning. This is the only feeling that will help the team to improve and to reach the level we all expect.”