There remains a huge question mark over whether either of them will ever play for Spurs again, but whatever their personal situations, Mason admitted this was not good enough for the team as a whole.
“We’ll have to come back stronger next season,” he said. “First of all, we wanted to be in the Champions League.
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“I’ve said all along, it’s disappointing where we are in this moment. It’s very disappointing for the football club.
“The most important thing to come to do today was to come and win, at a very very difficult place to come.
“So it was important we finished today with a win, for many different reasons.
“Yes, it’s not the competition we want to be in next year, but it’s a European competition, and we will respect it, that’s for sure.”