Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that his players became too relaxed after the impressive win at Manchester United.
The 3-0 win at Old Trafford on August 27th was Tottenham’s third win in a row in the Premier League and maintained their perfect start to the new campaign.
However, fortunes turned for the worse and a run of three successive defeats followed at the hands of Watford, Liverpool and Inter Milan to condemn Pochettino to experience the worst run of form during his time at Spurs.
A hard-fought win against Brighton on Saturday courtesy of goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela ensured a much-needed three points were picked up.
Pochettino was pleased with the performance he witnessed on the south coast and believes that it will represent a boost of confidence to his players.
The manager is not one to rest on his laurels and is looking to his players to keep improving in every match.
Speaking to Sky Sports this evening, he said: “I am happy because the spirit of the team recovered that feeling that you need – to be all together and fight together,”
“The performance was much, much better. It’s a good point to start and rebuild the confidence and trust in the way that we play.
“Confidence is so important in football. It was a difficult few games, but I think the team realises now that we cannot underestimate the competitions.
“The Premier League of course, to beat Manchester United was like, ‘Okay, the job was done’, and I felt that straight away after Manchester United.
“That is why now we realise that we need to increase our level. Of course, we need time to adapt but I am happy after Brighton. We won the game and it was fantastic for us.”
Tottenham are next in action on Wednesday night when they will face Watford in the Carabao Cup. Fans will be looking to the players to avenge the defeat suffered at the hands of the Hornets in the league earlier this month.
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