Hugo Lloris talks Bale, Dele and Tottenham’s hopes for the season ahead

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Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris has claimed that the Tottenham squad have turned a corner with their recent wins over Burnley and Fulham, with the players now believing that they can finish the season strongly.

Not only have Spurs been able to improve their results, but Gareth Bale and Dele Alli, who were both on the fringes of the squad for much of the season, have shown signs of coming back into form.

Bale and Alli started together with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min for the first time this season during Tottenham’s trip to Craven Cottage on Thursday.

However, Lloris insisted that it is not just those two players but the whole team who have rediscovered their confidence.

When asked about Bale and Alli, the Spurs captain told Football.London: “It’s not just individuals, but the whole XI who have to work hard in training, get into good habits and find confidence.

“For different reasons, there were individual players with different situations who were apart from the team but it’s not the case today and the manager chose them 100 per cent.

“It’s important to praise individuals when the players deserve it but, also, for me, it’s important to talk about the work from Lucas, Erik Lamela, and it’s not only the four players.

“I know people want to focus on the front four players because they have their own status but also to make great performances, to make great seasons, you need the whole team.

“It’s not just about the four players, it’s about the whole group of players and the last few games we’ve started to believe again, we’ve started to see convincing things.

“The spirit again was good. We didn’t play as we wanted in the second half at Fulham but we stuck together in a difficult time and we got the clean sheet and that’s very positive for the team.

“We must continue step-by-step, we must try to grab as many points as we can and finish the season.”

The wins over Burnley and Fulham have brought Spurs right back into the race for the top four, with the North Londoners now sitting just five points off the fourth spot with a game in hand.

However, Jose Mourinho refused to speak about Tottenham’s top-four prospects, insisting that the players will continue taking it game by game and that is a sentiment Lloris echoed.

“Mathematically, anything is possible, but we need to focus on the reality and the reality is the next game against Crystal Palace,” the goalkeeper said.

“We need to take it game-by-game. We have a decent number of points, but we had a bad run in February, a very bad run which we are not used to seeing for many years with six defeats and it was the responsibility of everyone involved. Not just one, two or three players.

“When we win, we win as a team and when we lose, we lose as a team. We try to fix things, fix problems, we can see as well that the other teams struggle except Manchester City because they are flying.

“We still feel anything is possible. It’s important to keep the belief, play as strong as you can in the Europa League and we have a final in our minds for April, but, I repeat, game-by-game and then we will see and then we will see at the end of the season.”

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It is important that we keep our momentum going with a win over Palace on Sunday heading into the crucial North London derby next weekend. We need to start the game on the front-foot just like we did against Fulham and Burnley. Another early goal will make our task much easier.

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