Obviously, it is much better in the league but it has been very disappointing in the cups: unlikely losses vs Bristol and Sevilla. Maybe a FA Cup win will make it definetely better. But what if the team fails to do it? Would a trophyless season with a top 4 finish be better than last season? Generally, the team is not harder to beat than last season. 8 defeats already. And defence isn't better too. The difference is that many draws in the league have been turned into wins.