"You do now not reach the Champions League final with correct one guy, they've obtained others: Son (Heung-min), (Erik) Lamela, (Christian) Eriksen, (Lucas) Moura to title just a few".
'My commitment is there after five years and a half [at the club]. But despite the latest low, Pochettino insists he does not fear the sack. What worries me is life, not football'. The problem for us - it was win, win, win and it was praise for everyone. I have no doubt that the players always want to do their best to try to win.
"Football is [about being] strong and courageous and taking decisions; and to show your face when things are not good. We hope that the break will offer us a chance to change the dynamic and the energy". I need to accept all criticism. The same when you praise me or the team.
"Through the website they are going to explain the situation properly".
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It has been the worst week for some time for Pochettino and Spurs this week, impressive considering a recent week included a draw against Olympiakos and losing in the Carabao Cup to League Two Rochdale.
"To concede and lose your captain was a massive emotional impact for the team", said Pochettino, who is suffering the biggest crisis of his five-year tenure at the North London side.
"I accept the opinions".
"Now you can not find any words to console them and our players because I think we are living a tough moment", he admitted. It is normal that the game has created a lot of opinions and rumours, everyone needs to talk.
After that game, Connolly said: "It is every young kids dream making their Premier League debut and it's the same with me I've always wanted to do it since I was young and thankfully today it happened".
"The most important thing that is clear is that we are all together and we are going to find a way to win again".