Joe Hart has admitted that the Tottenham players are determined to build something special under Nuno Espirito Santo and take the club back to where it belongs.

After coming close to winning both the Premier League and Champions League under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have since had two extremely disappointing campaigns.

The Jose Mourinho experiment proved to be a failure, with the Lilywhites finishing outside the top six last season for the first time since 2009.

Spurs fans will be hoping that Nuno is the man to take the club back into the Champions League and Hart admitted that he has been encouraged by what he has seen from the Wolves man and his coaching staff.

When asked how he has found the new set-up, the goalkeeper told Spurs TV: “Strong and quite resilient. The new manager’s come and everyone’s ready to work.

“We want to start building something here. Our foundations need to be stronger if we are going to do anything.

“So looking to build that now. Hopefully, we’ll have a good season.”

Hart called for his teammates to take more responsibility on the pitch this season and hoped that the return of Spurs fans to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will push the team on to have a good campaign.

When asked about the ambitions for the season, he said: “We need to show up first and foremost. We are going to have that added incentive, or some people see it as pressure, of the fans coming back.

“We’ve got to perform. We’re a club that is all set up to go somewhere and it hasn’t. So, I think the new manager understands that. We as players really need to take on that responsibility a little bit more, I feel.”

The England international also spoke about Tottenham’s 1-1 draw in their pre-season opener against Leyton Orient, admitting that it was hard work for the players at the Breyer Group Stadium.

When asked how the run out was, Hart said: “It was alright. Obviously, it is difficult. A lot of the boys have been in competition this year. So, it’s a depleted squad.

“I thought the guys put on a good show. We’ve not been training long. So, it was more of an exercise today. Obviously, it’s a good day for Leyton Orient.”

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Nuno as well as the players seem to be making the right noises but the big challenge for the 47-year-old will be turning around morale if results do not go our way at the start of the season. Since the former Wolves man was not a particularly popular choice, it will likely take only a few bad results, for the pressure to get ramped up.

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