Lloris insists Spurs ‘will be competitive’ in ‘new era’ for club

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Hugo Lloris has admitted that he and his teammates are excited heading into the new Premier League season, describing it as a ‘new era’ for the club.

Lloris has witnessed a number of ups and downs during his nine years at Tottenham.

Last season was certainly one to forget for the club, with Spurs failing to finish in the top six for the first time since 2009.

This summer has been one of change at N17, with Fabio Paratici being appointed as the club’s managing director of football and Nuno Espirito Santo taking over as head coach from Jose Mourinho.

Lloris admitted that he and his teammates are determined to steer the club back into the right direction as was the case a few years ago.

The Tottenham captian told The Daily Mail: “We can’t only be focused on this season,. Sometimes it’s better to step back a little bit to come back stronger.

“When we think about today, you have to prepare as well the future, to make sure you have strong basics, inside the team, inside the club to make sure you can keep progressing season after season.

“It was the case under Mauricio Pochettino and then there was a bit of up and down and now the focus is to reach consistency.”

The 34-year-old also confidently asserted that the team will be competitive this season and that he and his teammates are determined to give their all.

He said: “We will be competitive, that is our motivation. But also we have to recognise that there is quality all around the league.

“That’s why we all love the Premier League and that’s why it’s the most exciting league in the world.

“It’s difficult to predict what is going to happen. As a player, the only thing I can say is that I just want to make sure all the players are giving their best every day in training sessions and do their best in competition and see where we will be later in the season.

“The focus now is to find the confidence and to understand perfectly what the manager demands. As I said before, it’s a new era beginning at the club.”

Tottenham certainly will not be easing into the campaign, with a tough assignment against the reigning Premier League champions first up.

Lloris admitted that it is never easy to play Manchester City but admitted that the players are hopeful that having Spurs fans back at the stadium could push the team on to get a result.

The Tottenham number one said: “It’s never a good time to be facing City, they have so much quality. It’s always tough to play them but it’s also always exciting.

“It’s the first game of the season, in front of the fans, so we have to use this energy from the stands around the pitch.

“‘When you leave the pitch the most important feeling to have is to leave without regrets.

“We need to make the game really hard for them and believe in our chance.”

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I believe that home teams will have a big advantage in the first five or six games of the season as players once again need to get used to playing in front of hostile crowds, having played in front of empty stands for so long.

Facing City at home first up may not be the worst time to face Pep Guardiola’s men, particularly considering that their record at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is not too great.

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