Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino told BT Sport that he felt his team were vulnerable after they conceded in the game against Manchester United last weekend.
Tottenham worked hard during the match at Old Trafford and Pochettino has suggested that his team were vulnerable after Kyle Walker put the ball into his own net.
However, the White Hart Lane manager is in positive mood looking ahead to the club’s next Premier League game against Stoke City this weekend.
“After the goal I think it affected a little bit the team and it was difficult to play at the same level and to play in the same way – We played very well and we pressed very, very well – We conceded two or three big mistakes but in the end we need to be happy and looking forward,” he told BT Sport.
Leadership is key
Any situation where a side has players that look as though they’re vulnerable after something hasn’t gone well, needs leaders.
It’s the responsibility of players like Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris, both experienced leaders, to step forward in those difficult moments to ensure that players refocus and move forward.
It’s also important that Pochettino stresses the things that Tottenham are doing well as they move forward.
If the boss gets on the back of players, it has the effect of damaging morale because any individual in any job needs a little encouragement during periods where things aren’t going well, to inspire them to pull through and achieve a more positive result.