Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg says the instability at the club this season has been a challenge for the players.
He was speaking in the wake of Saturday’s last minute 4-3 defeat at Liverpool, which he calls ‘embarrassing’.
The Tottenham players have received a lot of public criticism this year, warranted or not. Interestingly, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg responded to comments made by Antonio Conte shortly before his sacking.
“I think it’s important to understand that, of course, when you have three coaches in a very short time, there is some change, some instability,” Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said.
“We also know that this is part of this world that from one moment to another, there will be instability, there will be insecurity, there will be lack of energy, but there will also be moments when you are on top, momentum with you, things coming a bit more automatically, but it’s important to have this.”
Head coach Antonio Conte as well as director of football Fabio Paratici and interim head coach Cristian Stellini have all departed Spurs in the last few months. Both Conte and Stellini have said the players lack mentality. Hojbjerg seems to have taken it upon himself to respond on behalf of the players.
“It was devastating in how the result went,” Hojbjerg said of the Liverpool game.
“I would even go and say it felt embarrassing. In terms of being down 3-0 and making a fantastic comeback. And then throwing it away last second.
“Normally it’s Liverpool who come back in their stadium. And then you actually do it against them. But again you can blame the first 20 minutes.
“You make sure the door is closed and you take the game in small bites. Will one goal change the game, yes. And then you get the feeling the next goal will be important. Then you push for a special moment. It’s a tough one to take.”