Hugo Lloris has urged Tottenham fans to be patient, admitting that the team needs time to adapt to the ideas of Nuno Espirito Santo.
It was only a little over two years ago that Tottenham made it to the final of the Champions League after their new world-class stadium had opened.
It seemed at the time that the club were set for bigger and better things and few would have expected what followed.
Mauricio Pochettino was sacked just months later after a poor start to the 2019/20 campaign, with Daniel Levy deciding to take a gamble with the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
The Mourinho experiment failed miserably as the Lilywhites failed to finish in the top six last season for the first time since 2009.
Off the field, the financial impact of the pandemic also turned out to be a serious setback for the club after the amount they invested into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
There was also change in the structure at Spurs over the summer, with Fabio Paratici being appointed as the club’s new managing director of football.
Lloris, who is now into his tenth season in North London, insisted that it was always going to take time for the team to adapt but the Frenchman admitted improvements are needed.
The Spurs captain told The Daily Mail: “We need time – but in football we don’t really have time.
“We cannot forget that it’s a new process with a new manager, with new ideas of football and it takes time to reach a certain level.
“If you analyse the first three games, we were very pleased, of course, to take nine points. The spirit in the team was there but there were still a lot of things to improve.
“And then of course the defeat against Palace was a bad one because we didn’t recognise the team.
“We finished the game with this feeling of, wow, a lot of regrets because it’s like you go there without playing and that’s something we don’t want to feel again.”
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Spurs fans will do well to remember that even Mauricio Pochettino did not have the best of starts to his time at the club. So, I certainly will not be judging Nuno too harshly until he has had at least six months on the job.
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