It has been far from an ideal start for Giovani Lo Celso in North London since his move on loan from Real Betis back on the deadline day of the summer transfer window.
Lo Celso came in under fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, and began to improve his fitness and work his way into the gaffer’s plans.
Just as Lo Celso was building up a bit of steam and getting minutes under his belt off the bench, he picked up an injury on duty for Argentina.
After over a month out injured, the midfielder fought back again and earned his first start in the Champions League, scoring the opening goal against Red Star Belgrade.
Lo Celso then started in the Premier League against Sheffield United, before Pochettino was sacked during the international break.
Jose Mourinho appears to favour a front four of Kane, Son, Dele, and Moura at the moment, with Eriksen coming on as a playmaker against Olympiacos. It seems as if Lo Celso will have to start again from square one.
He had this to say on the new manager (Sky Sports): “We know that it takes time when you’ve got a new coaching staff, a new head coach.
“It takes time for the team to take on board all the new ideas – we know they bring with them new ways of working, new methods, new ideas.
“The main thing is this period started with a victory initially and that gives confidence, not only to the players, but also to the coaching staff and manager as well.
“I think it will take time to really take on board the new ideas and tactics, but I think we’ve started well and that’s a positive.
“It’s all about trying to do the best for the team. It’s the manager’s decision at the end of the day, we’re just professional players.
“I’m here first and foremost to improve and grow as a player and an individual and give 100 per cent on the training field and on the pitch. After that, it’s down to the manager to decide.
“We know that a club with the stature of Tottenham Hotspur has to aim high, has to aspire to great things. We know that in the league we have got to finish as high as we possibly can.
“It’s been a big step for us, qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, so that’s a real boost for us. What we’re hoping now is to put a couple of wins together and if we could get on a longer winning run, that would be great.
“We’ve got a very busy period coming up, with the festive programme, which we know is going to be tough and complicated. There are some difficult games in that period, but we are very positive and up for it.
“It’s a fantastic stadium, probably one of the best training facilities to be found anywhere in the world and we’ve got supporters who back the team and cheer the team on at all times – that’s all that you need at a big club to succeed.
“Our aim has got to be to keep improving and we know that with being a footballer and representing Tottenham comes with great responsibility. It’s through hard work that we can continue to improve. Aspirations for a club like this are always high.”
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