Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his theory behind Tottenham’s struggles so far this season and has urged ‘togetherness’ as the club look respond in the coming weeks.
Tottenham are currently sitting in seventh in the Premier League after just three wins in their opening nine fixtures, whilst the club have also suffered humiliating defeats in the Carabao Cup to League Two Colchester and a 7-2 Champions League thrashing at home to Bayern Munich.
Tuesday night’s 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade helped ease some of the growing pressure on the North London side, who have been subject of speculation surrounding growing unrest within the playing group.
Pochettino has been quick to dismiss that notion, and says the club’s issues are solely on-field matters.
“In football we try to find a reason from nowhere,” Pochettino told BT Sport.
“The problem was on the pitch and that is all. It’s normal to see problems on the pitch, and you try to find a way to spark the team.
“But things happen in football you can’t explain. It is so difficult and complex to explain.
“The most important thing is to be together and be calm and know that this type of thing can happen in any team.
“It is most important to show togetherness. If you do not win, the reason is because you are not performing on the pitch, not something that happens outside of the pitch.”
Pochettino believes the club’s late start to pre-season could be one reason behind the club’s stuttering start to the new campaign, with Spurs having reached last season’s Champions League final which was played on June 1.
“My theory is we started late in our preparation,” he added.
“We used pre-season not just to settle our principles of play and build fitness, but also to build a dynamic of the group and I believe that was affected because we started so late (due playing in the Champions League final).
“During competition to get that dynamic right is so difficult because the competition does not wait for you.
“The most important thing is to stay calm and believe.”