However, speaking ahead of Spurs’ second Champions League game of the season against Bayern Munich, his manager Pochettino insisted that the unsettled futures of players in Tottenham’s squad cannot constitute a legitimate reason for the outcome of their games.
“When the transfer window closed I was clear that the players have a commitment to give their best,” the Spurs boss explained.
“I didn’t talk after that to say we had different injuries or that we were effected after Colchester because the team was not thinking.
“It wasn’t the best start, it is now my sixth season here and it is always the same, different things happen in summer.
“There is no doubt the players are very committed, with a one-year contract or a five-year contract.
“That is not a point to discuss and that is not a reason for the team to have good or bad results.”