After Tottenham Hotspur suffered their third straight defeat with a loss against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, Dejan Kulusevski has told supporters to stay positive and trust in what the team is working towards.
The fantastic start to the season, which saw Spurs climb to the top of the table after ten games unbeaten, is becoming a distant memory now.
Since that chaotic defeat against Chelsea at the start of this month, Tottenham have lost to Wolves and Aston Villa, and have seen even more players succumb to injuries and suspensions.
Ange Postecoglou had to field an unusual starting 11 for the game against Villa on Sunday, with Emerson Royal starting at centre-half, Giovani Lo Celso starting a game for the first time since Nuno Espirito Santo’s tenure, and Dejan Kulusevski playing through the middle as a number 8.
Spurs could and probably should have won the game despite the issues they are facing. In the first half especially, the Lilywhites had ample opportunities to put the game to bed, with near misses and offsides holding them back.
Kulusevski is staying positive at Tottenham
Kulusevski is not concerned about the bad run Spurs are on, though, and hopes the fans aren’t either. He told the Standard: “It is important that we stay together, everybody in this club, and outside is not important what anybody else says.
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“Inside, everybody needs to have a positive energy and help us players, because we will bring them happiness. We played unbelievable. First 30 minutes [were] unbelievable, fantastic from everybody. When you play like that, you want to win, but this is the way. We have to continue.
“We lost three in a row, that’s the big problem. The way we played, especially the first 30 minutes, we have to play like that for 90 minutes — then we cannot lose games. We have to improve only mentally. That’s the only thing.”
The Swedish star sees plenty to be positive about, adding: “Football-wise we are unbelievable, the coach is doing unbelievable with us.
“We have to just stay on track, believe in ourselves and keep playing like this. It’s small details. We should be up a couple of goals. If we are more clinical there would be smiles after the game.”
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It’s almost impossible to be disappointed with the results given how many key players we are missing right now. Our central defensive partnership is gone, our central midfield has had to change completely, and the absence of James Maddison‘s creativity is killing us. Roll on January!