Mauricio Pochettino says that Tottenham Hotspur can only move forward if they believe in their ability.
Spurs are in poor form in the league, having only won once in their last six matches, but Pochettino wants spirits to remain high.
The side travel to Aston Villa this weekend, and the Argentine boss insists that he still has faith in the team's ability to do well this season.
“Maybe it’s a tough period but the only way to move forward is to work hard every day and believe and I believe in our skill, our way and our philosophy," he said to the club's official site.
At the moment Spurs are currently down in 11th place in the Premier League table and they go into the match with Villa having lost their last league match to Newcastle United.
The Lilywhites had seemingly taken a commanding 1-0 lead against the Magpies, who had been in awful form since the start of the season, but they threw it away in a dismal second-half performance.
It is a result which has piled the pressure on the North London club, and Pochettino has revealed that he has taken an truthful stance with the players.
“We need to be honest,” the Argentine insisted. “We played well for the first 45 minutes against Newcastle but we had a lack of concentration at the beginning of the second half and that changed the game. After that, it was difficult.
“It’s important that the players realise the situation and what we need to improve. It’s always good to be honest."
Villa, themselves, are terribly off-form. Paul Lambert's men have lost their last five games, without finding the back of the net, and the atmosphere at Villa Park threatens to be very tense, as a result.
Another loss for either side would dent their already fragile confidence and the longer Spurs continue to struggle, the harder it will be for the players to maintain the belief that Pochettino is asking for.