English Premiership

Pochettino believes players still committed to Spurs cause

2019-10-04 14:33
Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

London - Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he was confident his team were still playing for him despite a poor run of form that culminated in their 7-2 humbling by Bayern Munich in midweek.

Spurs have now won just three of their opening 10 games and have lost 13 of their past 28 matches stretching back to February.

Tuesday's punishing loss against the five-time European champions was the biggest-ever margin of defeat for an English team at home in European competition.

But an upbeat Pochettino, speaking ahead of his side's Premier League match at Brighton on Saturday, said his players were still on his side, including those whose contracts are running out.

That list includes midfielder Christian Eriksen, and defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, whose deals expire next year, with uncertainty over their future adding to the sense of drift at the club.

"Yes, I really believe. I have no doubt that the players always want to do their best to try to win. First of all they play for themselves, for their families and then for the club and for the coaching staff," Pochettino told reporters on Friday.

"But I don't have doubts about their commitment with four, five or one year left in their contracts, that is no doubt."

The Argentine brushed off the suggestion that he had taken the club as far as he could, saying it was a "moment to stay together".

Pochettino, in his sixth season at the club, pointed out that the Bayern disaster came just three days after last season's Champions League finalists had battled to beat Southampton with 10 men.

"I cannot justify the result. Of course you cannot stop the comments and everything but in three days there was a complete change in perception," he said. 

"The most important thing that is clear is that we are all together and we are going to find a way to win again."

The Spurs boss also defended out-of-form England international Dele Alli, who has been left out of Gareth's Southgate's latest squad.

"There's nothing wrong," he said. "You need to understand that football is about form, football is about sometimes not so good periods and Dele only needs time to recover."

"Of course now he's in a tough period but we need him because he's a very important player for us."

 

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