Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hit back at his critics after Saturday’s draw with Watford, saying that the club’s current spell without a win is the first such run endured by his side under his stewardship.
Pochettino’s side went into Saturday’s clash needing to respond following defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton and were spared from making it three losses in a row with Dele Alli’s equaliser three minutes from time.
The result nevertheless continued Spurs‘ run without victory in all competitions but speaking to reporters at his post-match press conference, Pochettino was adamant that his side are on the right track.
“”For me [the goal] is the first step to build our confidence,” the manager said. “The other day a friend said to me that in five years it’s the first time we’ve recieved a knock like that 7-2 and it’s a new thing for us and the players.
“I have to say that in the last 20 minutes our fans were amazing and pushed us on.”
Pochettino added that while his side’s performance was short of what was required to earn a victory, his players did well to respond following Abdoulaye Doucoure’s sixth-minute opener.
“The performance wasn’t great, but when you concede an early goal it is always tough, it is a difficult situation,” the Argentine continued.
“The atmosphere wasn’t in the way you love to play, it wasn’t the best. It is not easy, when I was a professional footballer in this type of situation it was always difficult.”
Spurs return to action when they host Red Star Belgrade in North London in the Champions League on Tuesday.