Tottenham Hotspur have gone from dream to nightmare in the space of just a few months. From the Champions League Final in June to a crisis in October, it has been a rollercoaster ride for the Spurs faithful.
Pochettino’s men have been struggling across all competitions, home and away this season, taking just three wins from a total of eleven matches.
Those three wins have all come in the Premier League, but Spurs still only sit in ninth after losses to Newcastle United, Leicester City, and most recently Brighton.
In the Champions League, Spurs sit joint-bottom of their group after letting a two-goal lead slip against Olympiacos and suffering a 7-2 demolition at the hands of Bayern Munich.
It isn’t as if the club even have the League Cup to fall back on as they were knocked out in their very first match against League Two side Colchester United.
Eric Dier has now given an insight into the mentality around the camp (Tottenham): “I really feel the mentality in the building is ‘let’s fight through this’. I don’t want us to be one of those teams that allows a situation like this escalate and eventually bring us down. I want us to all stand up and push through it and that’s the feeling from everyone here. We’re a very realistic group, very realistic about our situation and we know we need to do better.
“One of the hardest things in football is not to take the highs too high and the lows too low. We need to try to keep that balance. I know sometimes that’s difficult (with all the opinions outside the Club) but that’s the reality and as I said, you can go through a good period or a bad period and both will be blown out of all proportion.
“Sometimes we might win 3-0 but we’re not happy with the performance, even though everyone is saying ‘Spurs are amazing’. Sometimes we lose, and we think ‘you know what, we played really well’. That balance comes from the manager. He is very honest, realistic and sees things for how they really are.
“We lost two games and had other results that haven’t been good enough for us but that’s because we’ve worked very hard over the last five years and got to the point where we expect to win every game we play.
“It’s always been one of this team’s strengths, coming together and getting ourselves out of difficult situations in games, in tough periods. We’ve shown that so many times and my drive, and everyone’s drive, is to get us out of this situation as well.
“We’re going to have to be as strong as we’ve ever been to push past this period, and you can have my word that everyone here will do the most they possibly can to do that.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
The time for talking is over. I would rather these interviews about the mentality and desire for change stopped. I want to see the talking done on the pitch until Spurs are back where they are supposed to be.
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