Tottenham Hotspurs slipped to four Premier League matches without a victory and has only made a 1-1 draw at Watford.
Defender Davinson Sanchez received a suspension after his red card for a forearm to Watford forward Richarlison’s face.
Pochettino remains positive that while they seat two points from a possible 12, they will emerge stronger.
“I don’t know what people say [about us], but of course when you don’t win and you play for or manage Spurs there’s always going to be criticism,” said Pochettino.
“But of course I accept that I try to learn after every game, but I think in the last two or three seasons Spurs have been very competitive.
“Yes, of course, we want to avoid bad moments and periods but we are not still this type of team like Barcelona, Real Madrid that can maybe keep winning and winning for long periods.
“We’re completely different, we’re not in the last stage [of our development].
“So we need to use these experiences to improve, to learn, to get more experience.
“When people criticise us, my staff and my team, that always makes you stronger, and sometimes that’s good.
“We have maybe three points less than this time last season, and we’ve finished top of our Champions League group.
“Manchester City have created a gap, but I’m sure the team will improve and take many lessons from this run.”
“I’m not going to complain, if Sanchez is out for a few games, that’s football,” said Pochettino.
“And it’s always about the squad anyway. We’ll just have to play someone else.
“Of course you always miss players who are unavailable, but I won’t complain.”