Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been left to rue his side’s poor form after they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to KAA Gent in their Europa League round of 32 tie first leg.
The result sees Spurs having now won just one match in their past four matches, and Pochettino admits his side are in a “bad period”.
“That is only the first leg and the tie is open. It was an even game from the beginning. The second half I think we were better, we started better and changed the formation to find a solution and create more chances and created a clear chance to score,” Pochettino told a press conference.
“Then with the first chance we conceded, they scored and we lost the game. It wasn’t our best performance but the attitude was good and the team tried to win the game. We fought, but it’s true that it wasn’t our best.
“I don’t know if it’s about confidence because until Liverpool we came from 11 games unbeaten. I don’t think it’s about confidence – it’s not. I think maybe we were wrong with our judgement today and against Liverpool.
“Gent, from the beginning, were super motivated to play against us. I think we coped with that motivation and it’s true it was a difficult game because Gent in the Europa League showed a very good performance.
“We knew that before. But the game was always under control. The second half disappointed us that we were better and we created a chance when in the first half it was difficult to create a chance.
“It was our best period when we conceded a goal. That is football. We start to try to push and gave them counter-attacks.
“We cannot be worried about the result today or the trust of the team. I think the attitude was good. I think we need to go to Wembley and try to make it our home, feel good, put pressure on Gent and try to win the game.
“That is the reality and sometimes things happen, good and bad. We are now in a bad period and I hope that on Sunday we break that negative run.”