Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino says his side’s struggles and inability to break into the top four is a mentality issue.
The former Southampton coach joined Spurs in the summer following a terrific job at fellow Premier League side Southampton.
His arrival was met with positivity and hope among the White Hart Lane faithful and a real crack at breaking in to the top four was deemed a realistic target ahead of the season opener.
The North Londoners however have so far struggled to juggle the strains of the Premier League with European football and find themselves in 11th spot, winning just three of nine games.
Speaking to the BBC after Spurs’ disappointing home loss to Newcastle United, Pochettino claimed his side’s current woes are not tactical but more from a mentality perspective.
"It's a big hit for us. We deserved more, but we made one or two big mistakes and it's difficult to win the game.” He said of his side’s loss.
"It's not easy to compete in the Europa League and Premier League. Today it was about a lack of concentration at the start of the second half and then the head is gone. It's hard to get the concentration.”
"We need to improve a lot [to get in top four]. It's not tactical or physical it's our mentality."
The former Espanyol boss is Spurs’ fourth different manager in three years following the departures of Harry Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood.
Owner Daniel Levy is renowned to being ruthless when it comes to managerial changes therefore Pochettino knows he’s on limited time to deliver.