Mauricio Pochettino has suggested Tottenham’s first half display in Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City was unacceptable.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Spurs boss emphasised the importance of taking responsibility and improving.
“The second half we were more aggressive and started to play the game. We were critical of ourselves at half-time and it’s difficult to start the way we did and win games,” Pochettino said.
“We need to assess it and take responsibility. We cannot start like this. We spoke before the game about our focus but we were poor in this phase of the game.
“The game was even and we created many chances, but we cannot concede the goals that we conceded today.
“You can do better, and do something to stop them. When you concede, it’s not only because of the quality of the opponent, it’s sometimes because you need to be aware of some situations.
“It’s true we are disappointed and frustrated, but not only for the defeat but also the performance.”
Tottenham face Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday, which now feels like a must-win game.