Tottenham director Fabio Paratici focuses on ‘big picture’ despite turbulent start


Ottenham chief executive Fabio Paratici urged Tottenham fans to consider the ‘big picture’ and insists the club are ‘a step forward’ from where they started the season , despite a mixed campaign so far.

Paratici arrived in north London in June after leaving Juventus and played a pivotal role in appointing former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo as the club’s new manager.

Spurs started the season with three straight league wins, including over champions Manchester City on the opening weekend, but followed that up with a treble of losses in the London derby, against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and, more painfully, Arsenal.

These results, coupled with the style of football on display, saw pressure already mounting on Nuno before a return to victory against Aston Villa last weekend gave the Portuguese a bit of a break ahead of the international break.

“Every season you have huge ups and downs and in the Premier League it’s very difficult because the competition is so high you can lose to everyone,” Paratici told Spurs TV. “Sometimes if you have games three days in a row, sometimes it can happen that you lose two or three games in a row.

“We have to be balanced and focused on our goal, not in the small table but in the big table, this is what the club is aiming for in the future and the club’s project.

“One month we have three very good results, then more this month, average, but I think we have taken a step forward. Difficulties are important to be something. It’s a long-term project, we know what we have to do.

He added: “The big picture, which is the most important, is that this club has to be like family, if you are a family you need everyone’s support.

“If you want to achieve something, you need the players, the coach, the club, the fans to be positive and at all times – I know it’s harder when you lose a game or two – but you have to believe in.

“You have to believe and be positive because this feeling is transmitted to everyone. First of all the players, the players feel what we think.

“If the fans are negative or if I’m a little worried, the players feel it and it’s not good. We have to be focused and we can achieve our goal.