‘I feel free’ – Spurs star admits he loves playing in new role

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Lucas Moura has admitted that he is enjoying playing in the number ten role since it allows him to have more freedom to get on the ball in different areas of the pitch.

One of the biggest criticism some Spurs fans have of Moura since he arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 has been his inconsistency.

While the Brazilian has proven that he is capable of producing sublime moments as we saw in the semi-final of the Champions League in 2019, he can be quite frustrating on occasions due to his tendency to run into cul-de-sacs.

However, the 28-year-old has been a breath of fresh air since being deployed as a number ten, with Jose Mourinho raving about his impact on the back of Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

When asked about his current role, Moura told Football.London: “I’m happy to be involved and I feel very comfortable in that position. When I was younger, I always played as a number 10 and I like that position because I feel free.

“I can run from left to right, I can play in the middle, I can touch more balls, I can create situations for the strikers.

“So I like that position and I’m happy with the confidence that Jose has given me. I just have to give my best and keep going in the same way.”

Moura has started alongside a front three of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale in two of Tottenham’s last three Premier League games and the pacy star admitted that he is enjoying being part of the star-studded attack.

“It’s a big, big pleasure for me to play with these players and also because they are very good guys,” he said.

“I’m so happy, I’m so proud to be part of this team and I feel very comfortable playing with them. I’m happy with the team and happy with the results. We just need to keep going in this way.”

Tottenham have come right back into the race for the top four with three back-to-back league wins and Moura admitted that the players now fully believe that they can finish in the Champions League spots.

He added: “Yes [the top four is back on] but it’s going to be hard,” said Lucas. “It’s not easy when there are a few teams in front of us but we need to trust ourselves, there are still 11 games to play.

“We can achieve this objective, but we need to think step by step, game by game. If we play like we did today, of course, we can finish in the top four, and that’s the objective.”

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Moura gets more flak from our own fan base than arguably any other player in the Spurs squad. The Brazilian has certainly made some of his detractors eat humble pie recently. He has proven that he is a very good option to have in the squad due to his directness and pace.

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