Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio
Pochettino says he is calm despite three consecutive defeats and insists he
does not blame the club's lack of transfers.
The north London outfit looked good in
their opening three Premier League games, beating Newcastle, Fulham and most
impressively Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, Pochettino's side lost away at
Watford and at home to Liverpool in their next two league outings, before
suffering a 2-1 loss against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League on
Tuesday, in a game that they led until the last five minutes.
Some have suggested that Spurs' decision
not to add any new faces to their squad in the off-season has now come back to
haunt them, as the players struggle with fatigue, but Pochettino insists that
is not an excuse for their performances.
Asked if the lack of transfer activity has
influenced their poor run of form, Pochettino said: "No I stick with the
decision we made in the past. Now it's easy to blame or regret different
things, that is the easy way to avoid responsibility. I'm not going to avoid
"The group is, of course, a little bit
anxious about winning games because it is normal when you don't win the
atmosphere and the energy is different but that happens. Sometimes it is good
to feel the pain of defeat, not only one but two or three.
"After Manchester United the
perception was completely different, now after three defeats all seems
different but not under my eyes. I am so relaxed. I'm so calm. I know football
"When you win you get a lot of praise
sometimes you don't deserve, when you lose you need to keep the balance and
accept the criticism and that people are going to think different."