Even though getting to the finals of the Champions League last season was a historic achievement for Tottenham, the team finished the Premier League campaign in poor form, barely managing to scrape into fourth spot in the end.
Tottenham lost as many as 13 Premier League games last seasons and finished a whopping 26 points behind the eventual champions, Manchester City.
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris admitted after Tottenham’s hard-fought draw against Manchester City on Saturday that one of the team’s main objectives this season is to be harder to beat.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, the Frenchman said, “One thing that we try to improve this season: if you cannot win, it’s important to not lose the game, especially against an opponent like Manchester City.
“If you want to stay in contact with the best team in the Premier League, it’s important to get this feeling. There were some games that we lost [last term] that we should have drawn. We all know the difficulty of playing at City, so it’s a good feeling to build confidence.”
The 32-year-old also said that while the Lilywhites will do their best to close the gap with last season’s top 2 but insisted that Liverpool and Man City remained the main contenders.
He said, “With humility, Liverpool and City are the real contenders.
We’re going to try our best to challenge for the top spot, but it’s difficult to find the consistency.
“We just need to try to use the experience of the last few years in the best way and it’s about details — to not lose a game, especially a game you do not deserve to win.
“You draw, you take a point and it’s very good because your rivals share the point with you. Now it’s just to keep the consistency. Consistency is the key.”
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The game against Manchester City last Saturday certainly seemed to suggest that Tottenham have some way to go before being able to compete with Pep Guardiola’s side. However, due to injuries, suspensions and new players still bedding in, the team will need a few more games to get into their stride.
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