Hugo Lloris: Tottenham ready to step up and end 14-year drought

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Hugo-Lloris Tottenham September 2022 Credit: PA Images
Hugo-Lloris Tottenham September 2022 Credit: PA Images

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris retains the ambition to win a trophy with the club and he believes this season could be the one.

Lloris, 35, recently celebrated a decade of service at Spurs and despite being a model of consistency during his 10 years in north London, he is yet to win a trophy there.

The closest Lloris and his team-mates came was in Europe’s top competition in 2019. Spurs were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid despite dominating possession and having more shots.

After two seasons away, Spurs are back at Europe’s top table as they look to end club’s trophy drought – which now stands at 14 years.

Asked about the elusive chase for silverware, Lloris said: “Yes, I’m still looking for it (a trophy) and I believe we are capable to make it, but as I said its going to demand a lot of effort, a lot of work.

“I feel and believe we are going in the right direction but we know there are a lot of competitive clubs in England and in Europe, so that’s why we need to go step by step.

“But the belief is there, that’s the most important and we feel that we are ready to compete.

“We feel that we are improving but we know it’s never enough. You always have to push and improve yourself and go over your limits if you want to arrive and to succeed.”

Lloris believes there is a definite “connection” between boss Antonio Conte and the Spurs squad. And after winning the Serie A title four times in the last 10 years and also tasting domestic glory with Chelsea, the Italian is in no mood to accept mediocrity.

Conte ‘connection’

“Obviously our manager is our main leader and I believe that there is a connection between a manager’s feelings and the way the team is playing. At the moment I feel a great connection but it’s not the moment to do less,” said Lloris.

“It’s the moment to do more, to push ourselves, continue in the right way and let’s see where we will be at the end. As I said before, we are only focused on the game.

“I don’t really like to talk about the past. I’m more focused on the present. It’s the story of a club. There are ups and downs.

“When you face difficulties it’s about how you bounce back. I believe the club is going in the right direction with the help of Antonio Conte and his coaching staff, but we know there is still a gap for improvement.

“It’s a new adventure for the club. It’s been two years now without this competition and we’re all excited to be part of it, but also we have to play with ambition.”

Tottenham host Marseille in their first Champions League group game on Wednesday and former Nice keeper Lloris is relishing facing OM.

He added: “It’s a kind of derby in the south of France, but it’s a long time ago for me! When you play in France, every time you face Marseille it’s always a big game.

“They are one of the biggest French clubs, especially in European history. It’s a special place. Whether you are French or you play for a French team, facing Marseille is always very special.”

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