Jose Mourinho was seething with the performance of his players as they lurched to a 1-0 loss at home to Carlo Ancelotti's Everton.
Spurs seemed at half-pace for much of the contest and the visitors took full advantage, eventually winning out thanks to a thumping Dominic Calvert-Lewin header.
A number of Spurs players, including Harry Kane, seemed well off the pace, with the fixtures mounting up over the next few weeks as Europa League duties return.
And Mourinho admitted he was displeased with the display, saying afterwards: "We were lazy in our pressing.
“That is a consequence of bad fitness, bad pre-season. Some players didn't even have a pre-season. Some players had a wrong state of mind. But we did not have the physical condition, we had no intensity. Harry Kane has trained with us once. Moussa Sissoko just twice. For different reasons, players have not been able to train.
“I did not like my team today. I did not like so many referees and officials to allow the free kick to be taken six metres from where it should have been.
"I could not expect them to be sharp, intense and agile. But I was expecting much more. Of course that disappoints me. I am disappointed. But now I have to work."
Tottenham have been linked with a move for Trabzonspor's clinical forward Alexander Sorloth, who spent time with Crystal Palace.