Tottenham Hotspurs player Eric Dier has said it won’t be wrong to say his club is having a crisis at the moment.
This thought has come after Spurs followed their humbling by Bayern Munich with a 3-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday.
The Seagulls, who had not won at home since March, were ahead inside five minutes when Hugo Lloris failed to deal with Pascal Gross’ difficult cross, teeing up Neal Maupay to tap in and dislocating his elbow in falling backwards.
In another development, players are facing pay-cuts and a loss of bonuses if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Daily Mail says Spurs chairman Daniel Levy introduced a pay structure that rewards the squad for success but also protects Spurs financially in the event of missing out on the Champions League.
Things went from bad to worse for Mauricio Pochettino as Brighton youngster Aaron Connolly scored the ninth and tenth goals conceded by Spurs in the space of just five days.
Questions have been asked of the manager, the boardroom and the players and while Dier admits this is the worst spell Tottenham have endured under Pochettino, he says talk of a rift in the squad is not true.
“We are obviously going through a difficult period,” said the Spurs midfielder. “Is saying it’s a crisis a bit too strong? No
“If you lose like we’ve lost in these last two games, it’s normal. For us, this is the worst period we’ve been in, but we have to be all together and push through it.
“The stuff about the squad, I know that’s not the case. But it’s natural these things will come up now because of the situation we find ourselves in.
“It’s the first time that we’ve found ourselves in this position, we can’t back down from it. We’ve got to push through it.”
Spurs return to Premier League action against Watford on 19 October.
Source: Evening Standard