Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has said that the club can "hold their heads high" after their 2-0 League Cup final defeat to Chelsea.
Christian Eriksen struck the crossbar with a free kick during a first half in which Spurs more than matched their opponents for long spells, but John Terry gave the Blues the lead just before the break, while a Kyle Walker own goal 10 minutes after the interval sealed the victory.
"I think Spurs can hold their heads high," Hoddle told Sky Sports News.
"They played an excellent first half in particular and if the free kick goes in that can change the game. They were dominating the first half, they had lovely patterns of play, and they were always in the game.
"It's a building block. Chelsea are almost the finished article. This Spurs side now has something to work with, but it's only a building block if they go on to win something in the next couple of years."
Hoddle played for Tottenham for 12 seasons as well as managing the club from 2000-03.