Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham deserve to get criticism this year and believes pressure in the fans of the club can provide a call for his squad.
After losing on penalties to League Two side Colchester United, tottenham have won only one of the past seven games in all competitions and were knocked out of their Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Spurs slipped to seventh in the Premier League following a beat to Leicester on Saturday and also Pochettino insists that his players deserve to face scrutiny after their current performances.
He explained:”Throughout my almost five years it’s been compliments for Tottenham. How great we are, how we work in various ways, how fine is your trainer, how nice is your club.
“Now if we deserve to be criticised, we need to accept that. We need to accept the criticism if we don’t get the outcome we expect.
“The people can make you realise that people perhaps need to wake up in some thing, to evolve, to discover unique ways to evolve.
“I am so relaxed as you cannot live forever in joy. Downs and up happen. In football, more than in life”
Pochettino included:”The fans are always appropriate to criticise. The fans are the individuals that not and you want to accept criticism from whine. They are always right to express emotions and their feelings.
“The lovers are emotional, they would like to win, they love the club, the lovers adore the players and sometimes the coaching team and their supervisor. Occasionally. But clearly, you could say nothing about those fans.
“They keep living the match that’s really beautiful. It is because of the fans that we’re here. That is the reason the reason they’re always right to give their opinion.”
Pochettino insists that the club’s recent dip in form isn’t his stage as Tottenham manager.
“No. The hardest was the very first time,” said the Argentine, when asked whether he’s facing his biggest test since arriving at north London.
“Then there were a few seasons that were tough in some periods but I am quite relaxed. I become more comfortable in these’difficult’ moments.
“In the end it is only 1 result. Against Leicester, we needed to win. Three points more and we are next in the table.
“Then we’re talking about excellent season, fantastic performance, what caliber gamers, what amazing training staff, we’re winning games and are in the best four. It’s only 1 game.
“The point is really thin so that it can one way or the other. Sometimes in football you don’t have the chance you have earned.”