Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his aspect of “arrogance” and “complacency” after a 2-1 loss at Southampton, which increased stress on finishing within the head four.
Third-positioned Spurs are with out a have interaction in their final four league video games and are four parts earlier than fifth-positioned Arsenal, having performed a recreation extra.
Manchester United can plan level with Spurs if they have interaction at Arsenal on Sunday.
“I am so, so, so dissatisfied,” talked about Pochettino, who sat within the stands.
“I am a puny bit bit unnerved about this trade from the main half to the 2d half – or no longer it is entirely one thing, or no longer it is psychological.
“It be about complacency, or no longer it is about arrogance in a harmful formula. You would possibly per chance per chance per chance perhaps moreover use the main half as an example of [positive] arrogance, taking half in with arrangement, point of interest, concentration – we matched them in all the pieces and we had been severely higher.
“And within the 2d half or no longer it is the boldness in a harmful formula. We personal guilty all of us, the club.”
Talking to BBC Match of the Day, the Argentine, who used to be serving the main of a two-match touchline ban, added: “We had been higher at all the pieces however we misplaced the recreation. We did no longer seize the 2d half severely.”
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Pochettino’s aspect led at the fracture through Harry Kane’s 2 hundredth profession perform, however Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse scored within the placement of 5 minutes to complete the turnaround.
Spurs, who reached the Champions League final eight this week with an combination have interaction over Borussia Dortmund, are 9 parts adrift of 2d-positioned Liverpool (who personal a recreation in hand) and eleven at the attend of league leaders Manchester City.
Nonetheless Manchester United, who had been 13 parts at the attend of Spurs when Jose Mourinho used to be sacked as supervisor on 18 December, can reach the identical parts complete as Tottenham with a have interaction at Arsenal on Sunday.
And Chelsea, who’re five parts adrift of Spurs, can overtake their London rivals if they have interaction their two video games in hand.
“I contemplate or no longer it is staunch now [that we’re in a battle for the top four] that of us now are going to know our precise level and per chance pause with the thought,” he persisted.
“That showed that we quiet personal quite a lot of work to construct, that showed we’re no longer worn enough, that showed that to be within the final level you need extra effort, you need extra quality, to electrify bigger your capacity of commitment.
“We’re struggling with against wide sides. We had a wide gap – welcome to the actuality – and we are below stress to interact video games. It’s an enormous quandary for us.”
Tottenham personal now no longer won a recreation within the Premier League since they beat Leicester virtually a month ago.
Nonetheless they launched this week that they are at final dwelling to moved into their new stadium before all the pieces of April.