Tottenham Hotspur had a whole international break to prepare for this weekend’s test in the Premier League as they welcomed Watford to their new stadium.
However, it appears that an extra week off for a number of Spurs players, as well as the staff surrounding the club, was not enough to earn Tottenham a win.
On paper, playing at home against the 20th placed team in the league seemed like the perfect way to get their form back on track, but Tottenham were only able to salvage a draw today against Watford.
While Tottenham did show strength to come from behind in order to secure a late point against a stubborn Hornets defence, fans would have been expecting a win.
Strangely, despite only winning three games all season from a possible 12 games, Pochettino believes that this disappointing home draw could be the first step towards refinding the club’s confidence.
Poch said (Football London): “It was so important in the way that we achieved the point in the end, the team was fighting, we showed character. We have quality but when you are in this type of situation the most important thing is the character you need to show. Talent is after, you need to fight and you need to run and you need to be strong in your mind, the effort is double. When everything is good you fly, when everything is going against you need to be so strong and you spend a lot of energy because every single action you expect to score or create a chance.
“This is the first step to build our confidence again. The team after the 7-2 against Bayern was massive and after five years I think it was the first time that we receive a knock. 7-2. Of course it is new for us, it’s new for the players, it’s a new moment and of course, we need time to recover. It didn’t help in the game against Brighton where we concede in our first action and lose Hugo.
“But we need to take it step-by-step, again the first action we conceded again, a very bad goal and then it was tough. The most important thing was to show the togetherness and the faith in us and be focused only to improve ou game. The players and squad have my support. In the last 20 minutes our fans helped us a lot, the atmosphere was amazing in the stadium and all together we can find a way to perform in the way we expect.”
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I would argue that it probably did a lot more for Watford’s confidence than Spurs’. If a draw at home to the bottom club is a confidence booster, I worry about where the Spurs team is at.
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