Cape Town - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes
it's important to share the blame with his players and to focus on building
their confidence again.
Spurs have been plunged into crisis this season after
winning only three of their first 11 games and a horror week saw them follow up
a 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich in the Champions League with a 3-0 loss at
Brighton on Saturday.
Pochettino - who guided the club to the Champions League
final only five months ago - has had to defend his position, insisting he does
not fear the sack.
On how to turn things around, Pochettino said: "The
team has lost confidence. We have to work to win that trust again.
"We talk to the players. We tell them that we have lost
by mistakes, but we must try to forget them.
"The best way to help the player is not telling him
that he has done s***.
"You can't hide. You have to share the
Speaking at a conference in Qatar, Pochettino added:
"We at Tottenham work as a team.
"After two big defeats like the ones we have suffered,
we have to think about the future.
"You have to recover the emotional level. When you are
on the top, you feel you must respond to dignity.
"Football is born in the heart. Our responsibility is
to be guardians of this, make sure you don't forget.
"You have to help the players to motivate themselves.
But how can you motivate yourself after the Champions League? I say: 'Are we,
professionals? Or not?'"
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