Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has asked fans to remain patient despite their team’s indifferent recent form, reports Sky
Spurs began the season well enough, beating London rivals West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers without conceding a goal, and securing a place in the Europa League group phase with home and away victories over Cypriot outfit AEL Limassol.
But a crushing 3-0 defeat by Liverpool was followed by a disappointing draw with Sunderland and a tame defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Two late goals secured a Capital One Cup win over Championship high flyers Nottingham Forest, but they will be offered a much sterner test tomorrow as they face their bitter north London rivals Arsenal.
But French international Lloris insists that Spurs have what it takes to begin taking points from their rivals, but that the supporters may have to continue to be patient as the squad finds its feet.
“We need time,” said Lloris. “It is important there is confidence between the players, manager and staff, and we are still learning and trying to improve.”
Tottenham performed miserably against the top four finishers in the Premier League last season, a fact that ultimately cost them a coveted place among the elite and with it entry into the Champions League.
Developing the mentality required to win those crunch games is the key to future success, according to Lloris, who moved to north London from Lyon last summer in an £8 million transfer.
“The difference between the top clubs and Tottenham is that they are used to winning. Confidence happens when you win the big games. We are hungry and want to improve. We are at the beginning but can see progress,” he said.
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