Former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado believes the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane contributed to his failure at the north London club.
Soldado joined Spurs for a club-record fee of £26m in the summer of 2013 and was tipped to take them to the next level.
However, he endured a dismal two-year spell at White Hart Lane and left the club to return to Spain with Villarreal earlier this year.
“I went with enthusiasm and excitement for what was a challenge for me, thinking that the Premier League was an ideal [type of] football for me, but it was quite the opposite,” he told AS.
“From the dismissal of Villas-Boas [in December 2013], who was the one who had opted for me, everything backfired. I lost confidence and I had a hard time.
“The most important thing for me was to return to enjoy. After the two years that I had in England my objective was to return to be happy in [my] day-to-day [life].”