Boss Mauricio Pochettino knows the only way to stop people focusing on Tottenham is to get back to winning ways. Spurs are in the midst of a three-game losing streak for the first time in Pochettino’s reign after back-to-back Premier League defeats to Watford and Liverpool were followed by a Champions League reverse at Inter Milan.
It can hardly be considered a slump, but some of the inquests have already begun, with attention drawn to Harry Kane’s poor form, worn-out players, no summer signings and off-field issues, including delays to their new stadium and a drink-driving charge for Hugo Lloris.
But if they win at Brighton on Saturday all that will be forgotten, according to a relaxed Pochettino, who could have Dele Alli back in contention.
“The only way we can stop that (criticism) is winning games and if we don’t win everyone is going to criticise more than now,” he said.
“And you know what is going to happen when we don’t win games, the first responsible is me. I am so relaxed. In football something happens, the situation is that I am going to give my best until the end.
“I am going to stick with the club, I am not going to criticise the club.
“All the decisions are our decisions and of course we are always with the club until the end, maybe still here in five years or maybe in one week we are not here, but I will always talk well about the club and help them to achieve all they want.”