Poch feels like Spurs have been ‘punched’ after another KO at Brighton

first_img“Football is to be strong and brave and make decisions. That is what we’re going to do.“What we are going to do is face the negative things. We are going to work hard to change the dynamic.”Pochettino is determined to show he is not out for the count after his brutal week.Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite questions over Spurs future MAURICIO POCHETTINO felt like Tottenham had been “punched” after another devastating KO in the space of four days.Spurs were on the canvas — with the room spinning — thanks to Tuesday’s 7-2 home bruising by Bayern Munich.6 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure following another defeatThen they were decked 3-0 at the Amex without laying a glove on Brighton.To cap it all, captain Hugo Lloris was taken off on a stretcher with a sickening arm injury sustained after a gaffe that gave the hosts the lead on three minutes.From seven to hell — and then the pundits got stuck in.Jermaine Jenas branded the club “stale” and that “something needed to change”.The ex-Tottenham star said: “I’ve been at the club when there have been changes. I love Mauricio and I hope he stays but it stinks of that at the moment. Things seem stale.“He’s been at the club a number of years, the club have let him down and the players aren’t applying themselves.“Something needs to change, hopefully it’s the players’ mentality rather than the manager.”Fellow BT Sport pundit Joe Cole was even more scathing, claiming Spurs were in “disarray”.6 Spurs have lost 17 games in 2019 – more than any other side in the top-flightCredit: ReutersAfter five-and-a-half-years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.”Mauricio PochettinoThe ex-Premier League champ added: “Tottenham were dreadful with no desire, no heart, nothing.“There was no press. Tactically they looked inept. Poch looked uninterested on the touchline.“It looks like the end of the road for this team. As a group they have fallen apart and something has to change.”Spurs boss Pochettino accepted all the flak coming his way after his side made it 17 defeats in 2019 — the worst record of any Premier League side.He admitted that the last week has been one of the toughest of his Spurs reign.But the ex-Southampton chief is determined to turn things around by going back to the drawing board during the upcoming international break.The Argentine said: “After five-and-a-half-years, the last five days we really were punched, in football terms, 7-2 and 3-0.“It is normal that you feel not so good. It is a bad moment but in this moment only you can be better. The most important thing now is to have two weeks to try to be clear, to find a solution.6 The North London outfit were second best against Brighton at the Amex StadiumCredit: Reuters“The pundits on television need to talk and they need to give their opinion. I need to accept all criticism.“After five-and-a-half-years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.“It is an experience we are going to use to be stronger and be wiser, to be a better group, as a person, as a staff.“We can bounce back.”Poch’s awful week took just 150 seconds to turn into a nightmare as Lloris dropped a routine catch from Pascal Gross’ floated ball right on his line.It allowed Neal Maupay to nip in and nod home from a few yards — but the aftermath was far more damaging.As Lloris fumbled the cross, he fell backwards over the goal-line landing sickeningly on his left arm as he put it out for support.The elbow bent the wrong way and had Tottenham’s captain still screaming in agony as he was taken down the tunnel on a stretcher six minutes later.Spurs were shell shocked and Brighton, who had scored just two home league goals this season until that point, ran riot.6 Harry Kane was guilty of a poor performance on the south coast against the SeagullsCredit: PA:Press AssociationTeenager Aaron Connolly led the charge by hitting two goals either side of half-time to underline what a prospect the barrel-chested Irishman is.His first came just after the half-hour as he saw an initial shot from Dan Burn’s cross saved by substitute keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, before tucking in the rebound.The 19-year-old bears a resemblance to Wayne Rooney in physique.And the way he cupped his ears in confident celebration after netting his first ever Premier League goal was reminiscent of Roo too.It was one-way traffic for the whole game with Gross cracking the crossbar via a free-kick from an acute angle after the break.And the humiliation was complete on 65 minutes as Connolly cut inside Toby Alderweireld and found the far corner with laser accuracy.The goal was not dissimilar to Serge Gnabry’s first of four goals for Bayern against Spurs on Tuesday — particularly the way the German cut across Alderweireld and fired in with his right foot.Yet when asked if that had been pre-planned off the back of the Bayern game, Brighton chief Graham Potter said: “It’s coincidence. I tend not to say to the players, ‘be Bayern Munich players’!6“Aaron gave us an extra dimension. I’m pleased for him.“A young player making his debut in the Premier League, two goals, it’s impressive.“I am delighted for the players — they have worked really hard and have not got the results that we feel we could have got with a bit more luck.”But as impressive as Potter’s free-flowing Albion were, Spurs’ continued fall from grace was the only story in this seaside town.Poch watched on helplessly as his Champions League finalists were ripped apart. And he added: “Football is a game that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Our habit was to win, win, win and be praised by everyone.“Now the last two games were tough situations to accept.“But I don’t want to be a philosopher, or talk in a way that is not good.6 Aaron Connolly struck twice for the hosts as Brighton deservedly won 3-0Credit: AFP or licensorsLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerlast_img read more