Pochettino speaks out on whether his players are still playing for him

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Many questions have been asked of Tottenham and the players’ mentalities at the start of this new season, with the team only picking up three wins from ten games.

One journalist posed the question in today’s press conference at Hotspur Way, are the players still playing for Mauricio Pochettino?

This comes fresh off the back of one of the biggest capitulations in Tottenham’s history in mid-week when they blew a 1-0 lead to lose 7-2 at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Spurs have also lost to Newcastle United, Colchester United, and Leicester City so far this season. Not only this, but they also blew two-goal leads to draw away to both Arsenal and Olympiacos, hence the questions about the players’ efforts.

However, Pochettino was adamant that his players have been and are still putting in maximum effort for the club and the coaching staff.

He also stated that the most important thing was to stick together in order to find a way to get back to top form.

On whether his lads are still playing for him, Poch said (Football London): “Yes, I really believe. I have no doubt the players always want to do their best to win. They play for themselves, their families, then the for the club and the coaching staff. I have no doubt, they have commitment, with four years or one in their contract, that is no doubt. The negative result like the other day was three days after beating Southampton with 10 men, it cannot change completely, the ideas or perception.

“How is it possible to play for one hour with 10 men, beat Southampton and score an unbelievable goal then three days later get beat (to Bayern). If we assess the performance I am more than happy with the performance from Southampton, from Leicester too. I cannot justify the result, the result makes it to appear bigger things. In three days how can it completely change. The most important thing is that it is really clear we are together and we are going to be find a way to breathe again.”

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