Tottenham centre-back Jan Vertonghen has admitted that Spurs have serious work to do to get their Premier League season back on track.
Spurs dropped points in the Premier League for the fourth game in a row on Saturday when they drew 1-1 with Watford at Vicarage Road.
This season’s title challenge is now all but over and if Manchester City can beat 18th-placed West Ham United this afternoon, Spurs will be 18 points behind the Premier League leaders.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side now face an uphill struggle to climb back into the top-four, having slipped to sixth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
Vertonghen admits that the recent results and performances have increased the pressure on the team.
“We have to get back to winning ways and we know that,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“We had a run where we had to win a couple of games and we didn’t so I suppose the pressure is a little bit more, but we know we can win these games.
“We’ve got a fantastic team, great spirit, a hungry young team and a great manager – we just have to keep going.”
Spurs made a fantastic start to the season but have left themselves with a huge mountain to climb in the title race. Their recent Premier League form has not affected their progress in the Champions League, with impressive wins against Borussia Dortmund and holders Real Madrid.
However, their domestic season has taken a turn for the worse and they now face a serious fight to finish in the top-four.
Spurs went behind for the fourth Premier League game in a row against Watford on Saturday afternoon when Christian Kabasele headed the home side in front from a corner.
The visitors equalised on 25 minutes when Son Heung-min finished off Christian Eriksen’s cross to make it 1-1. Spurs were reduced to ten men shortly after half-time when Davinson Sanchez was shown a straight red card for elbowing Richarlison.
Pochettino’s side now face 13th-placed Stoke in their next Premier League game at Wembley on Saturday.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has made a big claim for the future after the draw at Vicarage Road.