Tottenham star Hugo Lloris insists it is the players that are to blame for their poor start to the season, rather than new manager Mauricio Pochettino, reports the Evening Standard.
Tottenham currently sit 12th in the Premier League with just 14 points from their opening 11 matches.
The 0-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Stoke City last weekend was their fourth at White Hart Lane already this season, after Liverpool, West Brom and Newcastle previously left north London with all three points.
Their poor start has seen Pochettino come under early pressure from supporters, but Lloris insists it is the players who should be taking the blame.
“When it’s the third coach in the space of one year and there are problems, the coach is not necessarily the problem,” said the goalkeeper.
“We’ve been working, though, trying to find solutions. I’ve known times like this at Lyon but, there, there was a real pressure every day and there was crisis management.
“In London, we’re a bit more on our own, comfortable. We have to get out [of this comfort] because, if we ever have to fight against relegation, being comfortable won’t help us.”
Lloris signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham last summer when many believed he would leave the club.
Asked by French newspaper L’Equipe whether he regretted staying, Lloris said: “No because I trust the staff and the coach. It really bothers me that the coach is being blamed.”