Captain Hugo Lloris was emphatic with his response about where the team needs to up their game in the final two fixtures of the season.
When asked about what the team need to do to finish in the top four, the keeper said:
“Now it is all mental. It is not about fitness or physical condition. It is mental.”
The loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup has no doubt played a role in the team’s lack of intensity in the past couple of games.
Signs were there in the first half against Watford that not all was well, and while we did deserve to get something out of the West Brom game, the performances in both games were pretty flat.
Footballers are human after all so who could blame them for being a bit despondent after failing to lift a trophy in another season which looked full of promise?
Still, that only takes account the past few weeks of form. You could argue that the drop-off has gone on for longer than that. Against Chelsea, the team were very poor in the first half before turning things around in the second period.
We then ground out a win at Stoke before losing at home to Manchester City. The match against the Premier League champions lacked a lot of what we come to expect of a Spurs team in terms of pressing and quick transitions.
Following a pretty indifferent display versus Brighton where Poch made a number of changes, it could be argued that we went into the FA Cup semi-final already well short of our best.
Certainly, one of the common themes during all of this period was Harry Kane’s injury and his struggles since he returned to the starting line up.
So, there are a number of possible beginnings you could argue for our downturn in form in recent weeks and months. Whether it’s a lack of mental fortitude, poor tactical decisions or players just not performing, the malaise has set in for far too long.
They will have to snap out of it quickly in their last two games to make sure this season really doesn’t blow up in their faces.