By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Tottenham manager, Nuno Espírito Santo, believes that he has the backings of his players despite the pressure on their present form.
Nuno has been seriously criticised over losing his recent past matches, however he doesn’t seem to be perturbed at all as his side plans on meeting Mura in their Europa league second match.
“Yeah, [they] totally believe. There are no doubts about that because we work together every day, we prepare together and these moments we need to stick together and the belief is the first step to do things, and we have it”, Nuno said.
“You have to realise sometimes it’s not possible. Sometimes opponents are better than you, and you have to be humble to give credit, and sometimes you don’t perform. Sometimes the plan is no good. The belief in all of us is here.
“I’m not worried about the judgements. What I’m worried about is how we can play better. The judgement and the criticism and the opinion and all of that is all part of it. And we have to deal with that.
“That doesn’t interfere with the way we work, it can only distract us. I’m very simple, telling you: my focus is how can we improve, how can we improve. In terms of the fans, now is not the moment to ask them. Of course, we need their support, because the players and the team need the support of the fans. But it’s not the moment to ask them, it’s the moment to deliver.
“We don’t panic because we know that this is football. It’s how you react to the bad moments. It’s something that you cannot avoid. Every team goes through a moment like this. History shows that. Sticking together is the only way to do it.”, he added in conclusion.
Tottenham has started on a good note this season, winning three of their first league matches, before suddenly succumbing to some defeats.
Nuno believes Spurs’ three consecutive wins at the start of the season disguised the fact he is still getting used to working with his squad.
“Since day one, we are knowing each other better, we are realising our strengths and weaknesses, so we can improve. The moment that we were winning was only disguising to the outside,” he said.
“Inside, we knew we still had things to improve. Now it’s obvious that we have things to improve. In terms of what I’m seeing, I’m seeing players that want to achieve, that work hard to achieve it, but we are not able to be consistent to do it.
“We are still having problems when we concede a goal. We lose our focus. We lose our solidity and how compact we are and that we must avoid. So, a lot of analysis is going on. A lot, but with the tools and the belief that we have a talented team with quality players to get out of this situation and play much better football.” he concluded.