Mauricio Pochettino is a man on a mission when it comes to rebuilding his Tottenham side’s shattered confidence – and insists it is only a matter of time until before they rediscover top form.
Spurs thrashed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 on Tuesday evening to enjoy a morale-boosting win and register only their fourth victory in a dismal season so far.
Tottenham boss Pochettino has come under increased scrutiny during the poor run and is facing the first real test of his five-year tenure, with the Argentine admitting in the build-up to the game that he was fearful of the sack.
Despite relentless pressure and constant speculation, the Argentinian remains positive about reviving the north London club’s fortunes.
“I feel good because we start to see that it’s only the time we need to recover our best feelings,” said Pochettino.
“We need to build that confidence, we need to go step by step, being solid again first and that is only the first step to build again our confidence and to try to perform in the way that everyone expects.
“The most important thing is to be together and be calm and know that this type of thing can happen in any team.”
Braces from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, plus a strike from Erik Lamela, moved Tottenham to second place in Group B to reinvigorate their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
Spurs supporters backed their under-fire manager by singing his name during the convincing victory.
"We scored five goals, I gave them the day off."
"Always rumours complaining about days off, you want a day off? Day off tomorrow."
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 22, 2019
Pochettino is keen to show he reciprocates that adoration and pledged to give “200 per cent” to satisfy expectations.
“I feel that they love me and I think they need to feel that I love them too,” Pochettino said of Tottenham’s fan base.
“Of course now is a tough situation. We are a club and that commitment that we showed in the past, we are now showing.
“That makes me feel more responsible about my job and I need to work every day 200 per cent to try to provide the result that they expect from us.”
Pochettino was also quick to dismiss claims of squad unrest at Tottenham following the win over Red Star – read his thoughts on the matter here.