William Gallas claims that Tottenham should not view their season as a success after their failure to qualify for next year's Champions League was confirmed by defeat to Manchester City.
Spurs have enjoyed a glorious debut season among Europe's elite, but they are now in sixth position in the Premier League after their dreadful slump in form continued with a 1-0 loss at Eastlands last night.
Harry Redknapp's team have won just one of their last 10 league matches and they trail Liverpool by two points in the race for a Europa League spot ahead of Sunday's trip to Anfield.
The Tottenham boss insists that the club's fans should be more than content with the current campaign, having seen their team take on the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
Gallas denies that should be the case, however, and has accused his team-mates of complacency against the poorer teams in the league.
"Even if people say 'you had a great season', I don't think so," Gallas told the London Evening Standard. "To get to the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the first attempt was amazing for Tottenham but everybody is upset because we got nothing at the end. When we play against the small teams, maybe - I say maybe - we thought we had won before we played, so perhaps that's the mistake we made."
Spurs could have left Eastlands with three points last night had they taken their chances, and Redknapp insists there is little between his side and Roberto Mancini's.
The Tottenham manager has had to deal with a wild increase in expectations thanks to this year's Champions League campaign, and he has urged the club's fans to remember how far he has taken them since he took over a team languishing at the bottom of the table three years ago.
"We have improved," Redknapp said.
"Eight of that team were in the bottom of the league with two points. We have not spent mega-money. People like (Luka) Modric are now great players. We are getting the best out of all of them.
"The only way we can do it is to shift a few in the summer and bring one or two in."
Redknapp lodged audacious bids to sign Giuseppe Rossi and Sergio Aguero during the January transfer window, but the lack of Champions League football at White Hart Lane next season may mean he has trouble in attracting the best players in Europe.
The former Portsmouth manager admits he does not if he will have money available to spend this summer.
"I don't know if we have any money to spend. We might not," Redknapp added.
"I have not asked the chairman. We will have to wait and see. If there isn't we will get on with it again and be strong again next year."
Modric, who missed a gilt-edged chance to put Spurs ahead last night, called on his team-mates to bounce back immediately.
"We are out of the Champions League but we now need to fight for fifth place. We need to show our character," the Croatian told Spurs' website.
"It's a shame that I didn't score, it was so close, but overall we played well and we should have got a better result."
Tottenham are facing a mounting injury crisis ahead of Sunday's must-win clash at Anfield.
Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have missed the last three matches with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively while Gareth Bale is out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage.
Both Wilson Palacios and Gallas had to be withdrawn through injury last night and Heurelho Gomes did not play after complaining of a back problem.
The Brazilian stopper added to his long list of howlers when he gave away a penalty against Blackpool on Saturday, but Redknapp insists he would have played him last night had he been fit.
"I definitely would have played Gomes," Redknapp said. "He just hurt his back in training on Monday and said it was sore. He didn't feel right."