Tottenham coach Nuno Espirito Santo insists he has the support of his players despite close scrutiny of their recent form.
Spurs got off to a great start under their new head coach, winning four of their first five games in all competitions while conceding just one goal.
However, their recent form has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. The back-to-back 3-0 Premier League defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea came as they also drew 2-2 with Rennes and Wolves in the Europa Conference League and EFL Cup.
Last weekend, Tottenham suffered a humiliating 3-1 loss to North London rivals Arsenal, a result all the more eye-catching as it came just under a month after the story of high level was written when Spurs finished the day at the top of the table. the artillerymen were at the bottom.
Such has been the reversal of their fortunes – only Everton in 1993-94 have already won their first three Premier League games of a season only to lose the next three – that doubts are already cast on Nuno’s future.
However, the former Wolves boss says players believe in his methods and the criticism is none of his concern.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s game against Mura, he said: “Yeah, [they] totally believe. There is no doubt about it because we work together every day, we prepare together and these times we have to stay together and conviction is the first step in getting things done, and we have it.
“You have to realize sometimes that it’s not possible. Sometimes the opponents are better than you, and you have to be humble to give credit, and sometimes you don’t play. Sometimes the plan isn’t right. belief in all of us is here.
“I don’t care about judgments. What worries me is how we can play better. Judging, criticism, opinion and all of that is part of it. And we have to face that. .
“It does not interfere with the way we work, it can only distract us. I am very simple, I tell you: my goal is how can we improve ourselves, how can we improve ourselves. which concerns the fans, this is not the time to ask them. Of course, we need their support, because the players and the team need the support of the fans. But it is not the time to ask them is the time to deliver.
“We don’t panic because we know it’s football. It’s the way you react to bad times. It’s something you can’t avoid. Every team goes through a time like this. History shows. Staying together is the only way to do it. “
Nuno believes Spurs’ three straight wins at the start of the season has masked the fact that he is still getting used to working with his team.
“From day one we know each other better, we realize our strengths and weaknesses, so we can improve. The moment we win only disguised the outside,” he said.
“Inside we knew we still had things to improve. Now it is obvious that we have things to improve. In terms of what I see, I see players who want to succeed, who work hard for achieve it, but we are not able to be consistent in doing it.
“We always have problems when we concede a goal. We lose our focus. We lose our strength and compactness and we have to avoid. So a lot of analysis is going on. A lot, but with the tools and the conviction that we have a talented team with quality players to get out of this situation and play a lot better football. “