Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham can learn from the experience of losing three games in a row and now must be “clever and strong” to turn their form around.
Spurs have lost three successive matches for the first time under Pochettino, suffering defeats to Watford and Liverpool in the Premier League and Inter Milan in the Champions League.
The Inter game provoked a particularly strong reaction from Pochettino, who accused reporters of disrespecting the players he selected for the 2-1 defeat at the San Siro.
In a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, the Tottenham boss explained how his squad have been affected by their current form.
“The group is OK,” he said (via ESPN). “The group is, of course, a little bit anxious about winning games because it’s normal when you don’t win. The faces are different, and the atmosphere and the energy is different. That’s what happens.
“Sometimes it’s good to feel the pain, the defeat, not only the one, two but three. It’s so important to be clever and be strong.”
Spurs already find themselves six points behind the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League, and Tuesday’s result makes qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League much harder.
But Pochettino insists there is no need to panic despite a string of troubling performances.
He added: “I am so relaxed, I am so calm, because I know football. In the same time, when you win, you get a lot of praise that sometimes you don’t deserve.
“When you lose, you must keep the balance and accept the criticism and that people are going to think differently, and, of course, try to find the reason why we lose.”
Tottenham face Brighton at the Amex Stadium in the evening kick-off on Saturday.