While last time the international break came at an inopportune moment, this time it has come at an opportune moment. The injuries seem to be mounting up.
Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane have only just returned and while Kane lasted 70 minutes, he isn't yet totally fit. Kieran Trippier has a mask on, Ben Davies is out of the Wales squad with an ankle injury, Dele Alli is to miss a few weeks, Erik Lamela is injured, Kyle Walker had to go off on Sunday, Danny Rose is carrying an injury and Toby Alderweireld is still out.
An international break is just what we need to help some of them recover. Given the injuries we have and the players carrying injuries, the performance against Arsenal was a highly commendable one away from home Eric Dier felt.
“People started talking about Tottenham being in crisis during the week - we haven’t lost yet in the Premier League. Obviously the Champions League was very disappointing but I think it’s a funny crisis if you’re unbeaten in the league.
“The manager doesn’t need to say anything to us - as players we understand and know that on Wednesday we were nowhere near good enough. Everyone knows that and when you play Arsenal away three days later it isn’t nice, but you have to move on from it, forget about it and go again.
“There isn’t time to sulk or cry over it. We know we weren’t good enough and it’s very disappointing - we worked so hard last year to be in the Champions League and our performances haven’t been good enough.
“We’re all disappointed about that but this is football and there’s no point dwelling on the past. We have just got to look forward now.”