In the previous two campaigns, the Londoners have challenged for the league title but they are now 23 points shy of champions Manchester City with one game to play.
Tottenham will finish the season with a home game at Wembley on Sunday against Leicester City.
"Maybe people did not realise it was so tough for the players and staff and for the fans".
"The squad we have simply doesn't have that mentality". It's a big game for them and we've had to deal with the pressure of that.
If Dortmund and Benfica, as expected, confirm their places in next season's Champions League this weekend, then Tottenham will only be ranked 17th of the qualifying teams - making them the top-ranked team in pot 3.
Leicester make me laugh - one minute they're completely shot, the next minute they go and beat Arsenal!
The defeat followed losses to Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Everton.
"It's not about money, but of course, if you can deliver that job, the chairman is so happy, because to be in the top four spending the same money as clubs that will be spending next season in the Championship [is good]".
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"It was a real quality season for the group to achieve the top four - a massive achievement". I said a lot of times, I didn't come here just to save the club.
"You can say whatever you want, but Tottenham isn't at its home ground". That killed us a bit.
"The Champions League is a big attraction for keeping players and bringing new ones in".
Kane proved Tottenham's talisman once more as his 39th goal of the season was enough to move Spurs above Liverpool into third. That achievement is for all the team, the players who score goals, or defend or save goals, but the staff were fantastic and I want to say thank you to them because this achievement is part of them as well.
"If you'd have said at the start of the season that we'd be in 10th with one game left, we would have snapped people's hands off for that". We wanted to do well. In the end we could create and feel that Wembley was home and is home now. We showed that we could find solutions.
"It's going to be very hard for them (Chelsea) to get in the Champions League now, so maybe that will help us as well".
"We'll be trying to get the three points". We could turn that feeling and all the negativity into a positive.
"Hopefully, it helps us, and we'll be putting all the effort in we can to win".
"Another is what we're doing, to create players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli", he said.