Poch says Spurs are their own worst enemy after Bayern and Brighton drubbings

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first_imgFORGET Bayern Munich or Brighton — Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs’ toughest opponents are THEMSELVES.Tottenham host Red Star Belgrade tonight in the Champions League after winning just three of 12 matches this term.3 Mauricio Pochettino’s are seventh in the Premier League standings after nine gamesCredit: ReutersThe last time they played at home in Europe three weeks ago they were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern.Spurs then lost 3-0 at Brighton the following Saturday.And if they thought the international break would improve their fortunes they were wrong as they could only draw 1-1 at home to winless Watford last Saturday.Tottenham need to deliver against Red Star tonight having mustered just one point from their opening two Group B matches.Boss Pochettino said: “Every game is important to win, every single game is tough. But in this period our worst opponents are ourselves.”Pochettino and captain Harry Kane laughed off a report last week that the Spurs stars are tired, having been run into the ground by their manager’s gruelling fitness regime.But the boss admitted his players’ confidence is “fragile”.He said: “That is normal. It’s natural when you suffer defeats like we have.“It is one thing when you are not good and you lose 7-2 against Bayern Munich.“But when you analyse the game, the first half should have been 3-1 or 3-2 to us. That is the problem.“In the second half, how we conceded in a certain period of the game and when we played well is so tough to take. That affects confidence and trust and then all that happened in Brighton.“We are in a period where we are fragile but in our 5½ years here we have done a lot of good things and set high standards.“The Champions League looks so normal for Tottenham now  but five years ago it was not normal. 3 Harry Kane has scored seven goals for Spurs this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty“In our situation now it is normal for us to face questions about our tiredness and that we’re training too much.“But these are rumours and our only answer is to laugh.”The vast majority of  Pochettino’s squad have never experienced turbulence before.And Spurs’ boss said: “For many of our players this is the first time they are in a tough period. People expect something from them and they cannot deliver it to their expectations. But it is a good opportunity for the players to grow and become mature.“Football is so dynamic you need to always think about today and tomorrow.“For sure we have the capacity and quality to turn this negative around.“The last few games weren’t great in terms of results and performance. But we need time to build our confidence.“When you’re full of confidence, everything is going well and it’s easy to play because you have the talent and the quality to do so.“When the tough moment arrives, sometimes it’s not easy to connect with team-mates and it’s difficult to do the things that before you were doing so easily.“That is normal because it’s the pressure and stress. So you believe you need to run more when it’s like this.“Sometimes, though, it’s better to run less and not spend so much energy thinking.“When you have experience of these situations, the leadership is so important.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strut“Nearly all the  players — 99 per cent of them — have enjoyed a good  period at the club.“It had always been very positive. So this, what is happening now, is a new thing”Spurs welcome back Christian Eriksen after he missed Saturday’s game against Watford with a dead leg.3 Spurs will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Champions LeagueCredit: ReutersSpurs will make West Brom teenager Nathan Ferguson their top target for the problem right-back slotlast_img

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