Tottenham Hotspur’s season might have ended with defeat in the final of the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool but it was still a terrific season for the club.
Tottenham managed to finish in the top four of the Premier League for the fourth season running while their amazing European run will live long in the memories of Spurs fans.
The club managed to achieve this despite not adding a single player to the squad in the last two transfer windows and in spite of playing most of their home games at Wembley once again.
The Lilywhites have sent a massive statement intent this summer by securing the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for a club record fee, and if reports are to be believed, more players are expected to follow the Frenchman through the door (The Mirror).
Tottenham skipper Hugo Lloris has admitted that the team is not young anymore, and the players now have the experience needed to take the club to the next level.
Speaking to ESPN FC, the goalkeeper said, “We used to repeat that our team is a young team, but it has been five years now that we have worked together and I think it is the moment to come closer.
“A few weeks ago, it was the final of the Champions League and it has to give us even more motivation and confidence for the future.
“It’s always good to learn from what you have done in the season before, but the most important thing is to move on and look ahead of us.
“There are plenty of challenges and we will do our best like we always do. It is about details and we need to learn from the last two-three seasons.
“We have achieved great things for the club because it is always good to remember where it was a few years ago and where it is today. But it doesn’t change — our motivation is always to push our limits and improve every season.”
Lloris, who captained France to World Cup glory last summer, faced contrasting emotions last season has Spurs lost out to the Reds in the Champions League final. The Spurs captian insisted that the Lilywhites are ready to take confidence from the experience and come back stronger.
“It’s both feelings,” he said. “The first one is that it will be a great memory for the Spurs community — to have so many fans in Madrid was an amazing feeling, but what we have done and lived together as an emotion will not replace the taste of the defeat.
“It’s even tougher when it happens in the final, but it is football and the most important thing is how you react after that type of feeling.
“The best way is to move on together and make a big effort because every season is more difficult than the previous one.”
The experienced shot-stopper insisted that the Lilywhites aim to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title next season.
He added, “We know that the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and it is a big task to win the Premier League and to affirm your ambition. But I think it is the same for the other challengers — for Liverpool, [Manchester] City, [Manchester] United, Arsenal and Chelsea — and for us.
“We are going to try to build our season, step-by-step, and get the right feeling from day one in August and look ahead and be ready to fight.
“Obviously, City and Liverpool made an amazing season last year and they showed the way, in terms of consistency and results. But we know that the difference between a very good season and a massive one is so short.”
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If the club backs Pochettino and manages to get his first choice targets, then there is no reason that Spurs can’t compete for the title. We believe playing the full season back in Tottenham at the new stadium will be a big boost for the club.
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