Tottenham's season looks destined to end in failure thanks to Harry Redknapp's reluctance to rotate his squad, according to Spurs defender Vedran Corluka.
Despite at one stage being 12 points clear of third-placed Arsenal, Tottenham are now fifth in the Barclays Premier League table following a dismal run of one win in their last nine matches. After spending a fraction of the amount spent by their rivals, Redknapp maintains a top-four finish should be viewed as an extraordinary achievement - but Corluka disagrees.
"Tottenham, for me, had one of the best teams in England and of course it will be an unsuccessful season if they don't go to the Champions League," the defender, who is currently on loan at Bayer Leverkusen, told the BBC.
"I don't know what the chairman will do if they don't qualify. I know only that it will be an unsuccessful season.
"Three months before they were in the title race challenging [Manchester] City and [Manchester] United. Now they are three points behind fourth spot. They are fifth and it's going to be really difficult for them."
Corluka thinks the main reason behind Spurs' collapse has been the fatigue of their star players after Redknapp's refusal to rotate.
The idea worked towards the end of 2011, when Spurs went on an unbeaten 11-match run, but the run of consecutive games has left the likes of Scott Parker, Kyle Walker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto looking tired of late.
"I wouldn't be surprised if they finished sixth," Corluka said. "They didn't rotate enough. They don't have depth on the bench.
"That's the main problem. I watched almost every Spurs game and they played them all with the same 11, 12, 13 players and that's why the players now are really tired."
Tottenham's bid to get back to winning ways has been hit by a number of injuries to key players like Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul, but Redknapp received a boost with the news that Emmanuel Adebayor is hopeful that he will be able play in Sunday's game against Blackburn.