Hugo Lloris may have been speaking after Tottenham Hotspur's 3-1 win against Fulham last season, but his comments that day could have been a rather apt piece of analysis of their problems so far this campaign.
Lloris was awarded the man of the match award when Spurs beat Fulham last season for making a number of fine saves, but the Frenchman wasn't too happy with his team.
Lloris had felt that they had shown a lack of fight and some inconsistencies too often during that season and chose to speak up after that match about the problems in the side.
"We have to show more character," he said to the Tottenham Journal. “We did it in different games, but we have to keep our mentality at the best level because in this league you have to be 100 per cent every time you play.
“I’m a competitor and I always try to do my best for the team. I want to see my team-mates do the same – but football is not easy. It’s a collective sport and we have to go all together in the same way.
“It’s strange because we have a feeling that we can play at a very high level, but we can also play at a very bad level during the same game. It has put us in trouble a lot of times this season.”
These issues are ones which are still plaguing Spurs, and it highlights that it is time for the players to start taking some responsibility.
In modern day football it is too easy to point the finger at the manager, but the fact that Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood and now Mauricio Pochettino have struggled to eradicate these deficiencies in the squad proves that it is a problem with the players.
The Tottenham team have appeared apathetic for too long, and they must start showing more fight and quality if they are to meet expectations.
Already they have lost three games in-front of their own supporters this season and that simply is not good enough for a side chasing the top-four.
Lloris' squotes from last season suggest that putting pressure on Pochettino is wrong, though, and it is actually time that the players started to step up and prove that they are worthy of representing a club of Tottenham's stature.