“Everyone knows with Mauricio I wasn’t playing” – Spurs star opens up on managerial change

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Lucas Moura has admitted that the arrival of Jose Mourinho has given him the confidence and opportunity to prove himself at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Brazilian arrived in North London from French giants Paris Saint-Germain in a £23million deal in January of last year (BBC).

Moura found first team opportunities hard to come by under former boss Mauricio Pochettino and despite being Tottenham’s hero in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Ajax when he netted a hat-trick in Amsterdam, found himself relegated to the bench at the expense of the returning Harry Kane.

The 27-year-old has featured regularly following the arrival of Mourinho and has rewarded the head coach with his faith by netting three goals in five Premier League matches since the change at the top.

He has previously revealed that his agent held talks with Real Madrid whilst Mourinho was in charge of the Spanish giants, but instead ended up at PSG (Metro).

Lucas Moura
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Moura told The Sun when asked about Mourinho’s impact:  “He has given me many opportunities and confidence. It’s important in football.

“Everyone knows with Mauricio I wasn’t playing.

“It’s normal when you change the coach, change the motivation and I want to show something.”

With Spurs currently experiencing an eleven-year wait for a competitive trophy, the forward believes that the club have recruited a serial winner, he added: “Everyone knows Mourinho, I don’t need to say anything about him. He’s a winner and has won a lot of trophies. He can bring a lot of things for us.”

He added: “I feel very good, I’m happy to play and help the team.

“We had a very important win at Wolves with spirit and intensity. We fought until the very last minute.

“Now we’ll keep going because the next game is against Chelsea and we want the top four. I want to improve my game every day.

“I feel better every match and when you’re playing you feel that much better. I’m ready to help and that’s what I want.”

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