‘Everyone is so optimistic’ – Paratici on Tottenham’s positive spell of recent form

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Fabio Paratici
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Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici believes there currently is an aura of positivity around the club after hitting a strong spell of form. 

Heading into the international break, Spurs recorded back-to-back wins against Brighton and West Ham to keep their chances of playing Champions League football next season alive. 

It means Spurs have also recorded five wins in their last seven games to close the gap to north London rivals Arsenal down to just three points, while pulling away from the chasing pack. 

With Antonio Conte’s side looking in a better state to where they were earlier this year, club chief Paratici feels the overall atmosphere is a healthy one at present, with those in the squad possessing a sense of ‘optimism’ going forward.

He told Spurs TV: “We are in a very good moment, not just about winning games but about the performance of the team. The team improved a lot. 

“You enjoy when you watch the team and Antonio has done a fantastic job and the players too. They are working hard. Every day they are so focused, so committed, so we are much better than four or five months before. This is the most important thing for us.

“When we start this project in the beginning of the season, we say we want to rebuild, we want to achieve our target, it’s not just about short-term, it’s about long-term project. We are in the right direction. 

“If we speak about targets, I repeat, we don’t talk about short-term targets but long-term targets, but if we think about two months ago, every one of us and maybe fans, the people around were pessimistic, so pessimistic.

“At the moment it is the opposite. Every one is so optimistic. So I think we have to find the right balance. It’s not easy in football because it’s so emotional, but our job is to control this and find this type of balance.”

On if a top four finish would alter the club’s trajectory going forward, Paratici added: “I don’t want to say that it doesn’t matter if we arrived fourth or fifth, because it changes a lot in one season. It would change a lot for the club, for the fans, for the players, for everyone of us. So we fight to have the best position that we can but also we have to follow our project.

“Our project is to rebuild the club, to rebuild the team, to be competitive in the long-term, to be competitive every season and to do the best for this club now and in the future. So balance is the right word.”

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Spurs looked like they addressed their recent problems heading into the international break which has left them in a decent place ahead of the final stretch of games. 

The positivity that is on show should also be a key factor in helping the side through these next fixtures, but consistency will be the most important thing in reaching the top four. 

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