Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho admits the club shouldn’t ‘have been routed’ like they have this season
Brazilian Paulinho has admitted a team with the statue of Tottenham Hotspur should not be on the end of thrashing to rival teams.
Unfortunately for the former Corinthians midfielder that has been the case this season as Spurs have lost 6-0 and 5-1 to Manchester City, 5-0 and 4-0 to Liverpool and 4-0 to Chelsea.
It has been a torrid season in terms of facing the top four teams but Paulinho believes the players have to stand together during these tough times.
"The manager and the fans have the right to be upset at the team," Paulinho told the Guardian this week.
"A team like ours should not have been routed in those games. But the players know it. It's just important we stand together at the bad times too.”
Those heavy defeats mean Tottenham seem almost certain to miss out on the Champions League this season and Paulinho insists everybody will be disappointed should they fail to finish inside the top four.
He concluded: “I can assure you nobody at the club will be happy if we fail to qualify for the Champions League. One of the reasons I came to this club was to help them play at the top level."