Heung-min Son has told his Tottenham teammates there can be no excuses for their dip in form.
Not even the fact every side in the Premier League has had its ups and downs in this strangest of seasons.
Spurs were top of the table as recently as December but go into today’s clash with West Ham in ninth after a drop-off which has seen them lose four of their last five top-flight matches — three on the spin.
Son said: “It doesn’t feel the same as previous seasons, especially without fans.
“This is massive as a footballer, as it is in normal life.
“It has been one year already like this and I just don’t know how time flies.
“But it can’t be an excuse.
“It has been a strange season but we have to do better and we know we can do better.
“When you lose some points and even when you play well and lose a point it always feels so, so sad.
“We have had a couple of bad results but we just need to focus on the coming games.
“It’s all about our responsibility because we have to carry on positively.
“We had a good time at the start of the season until maybe a few weeks ago.
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“But now a bad time has come and we have to stick together as a team and go the tough way, through the tough tunnel.
“As a team we can do that and we have the belief to do that and bring some positive energy.”
Spurs’s run of form has led to criticism of manager Jose Mourinho.
But Son countered: “When we win the games there was not any criticism.
“When we have a couple of bad results, obviously the conversation came out, the main issue came out, about our way of playing.
“We know what we’re doing, we want to win, but obviously it’s all about results.
“We are working hard because we want to do better and we know we can do it.
“The players are really hungry with every single game and training sessions, you can see they want to do more, they want to take responsibility for their games and our games.
“This is very important at such a tough time.”
It was no coincidence that Son’s partner in crime Harry Kane was missing through injury from the defeats by Brighton and Chelsea.
Kane has either scored or been involved in 66 per cent of Spurs’s Premier League goals this season and Sonny 52 per cent.
Son said: “It’s not only me, the whole team, even Tottenham fans, missed Harry.
“He’s just a world-class player and one of the best strikers in the world,
“But we’re not expecting Harry to score the goals all the time, because Harry’s working also for the team and we’re going to work also for the team and the goals are coming for the team.
“Without the team, Harry’s not going to score. Without the team, I’m not going to score.
“It’s all about the team connection. It’s very important we all take responsibility for scoring and defending goals.”
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