Lucas Moura has said that Tottenham Hotspur will have a tough task on their hands against Manchester United this evening since the Red Devils will be keen to put things right following their 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
Spurs go into the clash ahead of this weekend’s fixtures just one place and a point ahead of United in the Premier League table.
While a lot of the build-up to the match has understandably been about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future, Nuno Espirito Santo is also a man under pressure on the back of Tottenham’s extremely inconsistent showings so far this season.
Moura stated that there will be no complacency from him or his Spurs teammates going into Saturday’s clash, pointing out the quality United have at their disposal.
When asked about the game, the forward told The Independent: “It is always a dangerous time to play against them, they are a good team and it is always a good game.
“They are hungry because of the game against Liverpool and we are hungry because of the game against West Ham. It is a new game, a new day and for sure it will be a good game for the fans. Let’s prepare ourselves for the game.
“It is difficult to speak about this because they are very good players, they have good experience in football and they know how to pass this moment.
“This is not our problem, it doesn’t matter the moment they have, we just need to do our best, go on the pitch and fight and do our game to get three points.”
Moura also spoke about how important it was for Tottenham to improve in the final third and be more clinical in putting their chances away on the back of the last two matches against West Ham and Burnley where Nuno’s men were wasteful in front of goal.
He added: “We need to improve on this point, to finish the action more. We did well against West Ham, but they defended well and it was very difficult to penetrate and finish the action well.
“But we controlled the game and had more possession. Sometimes we need to show our talents more individually, that is what I tried to do when I came in today (against Burnley).
“I tried to help the team, create some opportunities and create some space and it was good. We were solid and didn’t give them any space and we could have scored some more goals.”
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I do not think our form has been as poor as it is made out to be. We were completely dominant against Newcastle two weeks ago and could have won that game a lot more comfortably. Even against West Ham, I believe we would have won that game had taken one of our chances in the first half.
However, this is not a good time will be playing United as their players’ professional pride would have been hurt by their 5-0 loss to Liverpool and they will certainly be looking to make a statement. We need to get the first goal and pile more pressure on them.
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