About a fortnight ago, Tottenham were believed to be in the title race, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side now find themselves struggling to maintain their top four status.
Spurs are yet to find a win in their last four league games, losing three and getting a draw just once and could now find themselves behind Manchester United and Chelsea if they win their outstanding games.
Having drawn their last game against Arsenal, Spurs were expected to return to winning ways against Southampton but fell to a 2-1 defeat away from home despite scoring the first goal of the game.
Harry Kane had given Tottenham the lead before Southampton drew level through Yann Valery with 14 minutes remaining and further boosted their survival hopes five minutes later through a stunning James Ward-Prowse free-kick.
Pochettino revealed his frustration while speaking about the quality of his squad at the end of the game.
“I think it’s good now [that we’re in a battle for the top four] that people are going to realise our real level and stop with the perception,” said Pochettino, who was serving the first match of a two-game touchline ban.
“I am a little bit worried about the change from the first half to the second is mental. It’s about arrogance in a bad way.
“It shows we need more. We need to increase everything if we want to arrive as one of the best clubs in Europe. There’s been a lot of talk about being in the last step, winning some trophies. We live in the perception and reality. This is the reality. We have two faces.
“It’s important now to know that we need to fight a lot until the end of the season. We are in the Champions League but of course the Champions League can disappear quickly and the Premier League is going to give the access next season to play again if you are in the top four.
“Of course I’m going to say what I said before. I am a little bit worried, this change too much from the first half to the second half is only one reason, it’s mental. It’s about complacency. It’s about arrogance in a bad way. You use the first half like an example, arrogance, playing with intention, focus, concentration, we matched them in everything and we were much better.
“In the second half it was arrogance in a bad way. I think it is a very good example for everyone of how you need to play for 45 minutes and how not to play for 45 minutes. That is of course the responsibility of everyone. I put myself ahead of everyone. I don’t want to blame someone or the team. I want to blame all of us, the club of course.”
Chelsea are currently five points behind Tottenham, and a win in our outstanding games will take the Blues above Spurs. But it all starts with Sunday’s home game against Wolves.