Mauricio Pochettino wants his Tottenham Hotspur team to show more fight in training sessions to improve their performances on the pitch.
The Argentine has overseen a disappointing start to the campaign from the Lilywhites and their current run of poor form has worried supporters.
Although Spurs started the season with wins against West Ham United and QPR they have struggled since and the same problems which plagued their season last time around are still evident.
The lack of a goalscorer and a leaky defence still seems to be something which will continue to be a problem for the North-London outfit, but Pochettino believes that their displays can be improved by an increase in the fight that club show in training.
“To build a winning mentality and a winning team, sometimes you need to lose, you need a big hit in your face to change the energy and realise that you need to fight every game, you need to fight every training session, you need to play like a team and you need to show more energy like a team," he said to London 24.
Spurs did show that fight against the Hammers on the opening day of the campaign, but they could have been accused of crumbling too easily against Liverpool, in a 3-0 defeat, and since they have not picked themselves up.
Pochettino takes his Spurs team to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup tonight and he will be desperate to avoid an upset.
Although the Tottenham manager will not consider the competition as one of his main priorities this season, an upset against a Championship side is something that the side can ill-afford given their fragile confidence.
It will be a good chance for them to show the fight that Pochettino is demanding, though, and if they fail to show they are up for the battle a shock result may be on the cards.
Forest have started the league campaign in fine form and they will be determined to continue their unbeaten run against Spurs tonight, as they look to heap further misery on Pochettino's men.