‘We’re so fragile’ – Poch bravely calls for more support from the fans

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Dom Le Roy

Pochettino has given a brave interview to the press ahead of Tottenham’s match away to Everton on Sunday.

Spurs are fresh off the back of a North London Derby win in the Carabao Cup, as well as two league wins, and Champions League knockout qualification.

When Spurs started the season, a lot of the talk surrounded how they had become the first Premier League club ever to not make a single summer signing.

However, Pochettino and Levy made the conscious decision to keep a settled squad, and had the belief that they already had the players to achieve big things.

17 matches later and they are enjoying their best ever start to a Premier League season, they are already in a cup semi final, and have made it through the Champions League group stages.

Poch has called for the media and fans to have more faith in the decisions they make at the club, and cites playing Davies at CB and signing Gazzaniga as two examples.

He said (ESPN): “In this football club, if some bad results arrive the situation is going to turn again.

“All the positives today will be reversed and become negatives, because we’re still not solid in our ideas. We believe but don’t really believe. We’re happy but not so happy. I think there’s still massive work to do.

“I’m not talking about inside of the club, I talk about the perception outside, the people outside. We’re so fragile. We’re still not solid enough as a club to support some good and some bad [periods] because the perception of the people can affect the club.

“I think we’re changing a lot and we’re going to change, if we have time to do that. But our self-belief is still so fragile.

“We’re doing fantastically but if we don’t sign in January people say we’re going to struggle. It’s all negative, rather than saying, ‘If Tottenham don’t sign anyone it’s because they believe that they’re going to, or that they have the tools to, perform well and maybe challenge for the title.

“The doubt is always negative, never positive. Maybe that’s because of the history, because of what happened in the past. We need to fight with this perception. Of course, we need to read the media, listen to the fans, but in the end, we need to feel free to take the decisions.

“When Ben Davies was going to play as a centre-back against Burnley, the perception is, ‘Oh but Ben Davies is not a centre-back.’

“But after two games, two clean sheets — a first clean sheet at the Emirates against Arsenal and a clean sheet against Burnley — and two victories, now the people are like, ‘Wow, yes, amazing performance from Ben Davies.’ But before it was negative, rather than saying, ‘OK we’re going to see what happens. Then we’re going to criticise or praise.’

“All the decisions are always taken in the negative way, and in that [way] it’s so difficult to build something special and a strong structure for the future to win.

“The answer is to win games. In the end, the consequence is going to be to win trophies, to be competitive, always to be proud about your team, about your players.

“I think of the case of when we signed Paulo Gazzaniga. The people criticised: ‘Oh we’ve signed a third keeper.’

“We signed him one-and-a-half years ago from Southampton and the perception was, ‘Oh we cannot introduce the player [as our first summer signing] because it looks like we don’t have ambition.’

“It’s so poor, no? It’s so bad. It’s a shame because after one year-and-a-half Paulo kept a clean sheet against Arsenal for the first time at the Emirates, and he was fantastic yesterday.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. He’s spot-on. The carping and negative attitude from some people does show how little faith they have in things even when they are going well. Being the last people to see what was a player’s potential all along, who in their frustration try to scapegoat players who have done and do a bloody good job for Spurs. Ben Davies lately, Mousa Sissoko in the recent past, Erik Lamela, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Hugo Lloris —all have come under fire from people who, admittedly, may not all be Spurs fans but make mischief posing as Spurs fans. What the squad has been doing this season has been remarkable: a credit to manager and coach, his immediate staff, the players and the club’s running. No need always to jump to the worst conclusions.

  2. PeeLee….I am still puzzled by how long Sissoko took to “start” playing at Spurs. Maybe it is just a longer run in the team that he needed? Now, if someone can give him some shooting boots! LOL

    I remember when Dembele first came to Spurs….he didn’t play too well for a while. Erik Lamela took his time settling in although he had 2 seemingly significant surgeries to to overcome.

    I am a Spurs supporter since the mid 1950s, so have seen pretty much everything there (born in Tottenham, but live in Florida now).

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