Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has said that the fact that his side are in an apparent crisis after losing two matches shows their over-arching quality.
Spurs return from the international break under pressure to get a result following damaging defeats to Brighton and Bayern Munich in the Premier League and Champions League, respectively.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s side are ninth ahead of Saturday’s clash with Watford in North London and speaking to the club’s official website, Dier insisted that his side need to “embrace” the moment and push through their tough patch.
“The main thing is we’ve been working all together – okay, some people have gone, some people have come in – but working all together over the last five years to get to the point where this is the conversation when you lose two games on the trot,” the 25-year-old said.
“We’ve wanted to get to the point where we are considered a team that if you lose two games like that, you come in for a lot of criticism. Now, we have to embrace the situation.
“We’ve got to this point and now we need to… as I said to the press after the Brighton game, we can’t back down, we need to push forward, push through it, fight through it, everyone together.”
Dier also revealed how it has pained him to have to wait until Saturday to put his side’s poor form right.
“To be honest, after Brighton, I wanted to play again the next day,” the midfielder added. “It’s never nice going into an international break on that note and having to wait this long.
“At the same time, it gives you time to settle and put your emotions in the right place. Hopefully that’s what we’ll do, and we can all push through this as a club.”