Tottenham can dream of ‘big things’ if Antonio Conte resurgence continues, says Lucas Moura

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  • Lucas Moura
    Lucas Moura
    Brazilian association football player
  • Antonio Conte
    Antonio Conte
    Italian association football player and manager
  • Harry Kane
    Harry Kane
    English association football player
Lucas Moura was the star of the show for Tottenham against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day  (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Lucas Moura was the star of the show for Tottenham against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Lucas Moura believes Tottenham can begin to dream of achieving “big things” if they continue their impressive resurgence under Antonio Conte.

Previously woeful Spurs have been hugely improved domestically since the former Chelsea manager succeeded Nuno Espírito Santo in November, going six Premier League matches unbeaten and getting their goal difference back into positive numbers.

Such an uplift continued on Boxing Day, with man-of-the-match Lucas scoring and also setting up goals for Harry Kane and Heung-min Son as Tottenham ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in a London derby against Crystal Palace.

Such a victory saw Conte’s side jump above West Ham and Manchester United into fifth place and six points behind Arsenal in fourth, but with three games in hand over their fierce London rivals with fixtures against Burnley, Brighton and Leicester needing to be rescheduled after postponements caused by heavy snow and a Covid-19 outbreak in the Tottenham camp.

And while their squad depth will be tested to the limit as the games come thick and fast during the second half of the campaign, Lucas insists Spurs can begin to feel real optimism if their upturn in form continues.

“Not bad but there are a lot of games to play,” the Brazilian said of Tottenham rising to fifth on Sunday. “Take it step by step, game by game, work hard, fight because we know it is not easy, there are a lot of big games to play. But if we keep going this way we can think about big things.”

On his own excellent display against Covid-hit Palace, who went down to 10 men after Wilfried Zaha’s first-half red card, Lucas said: “Very nice, I am very, very happy, a very special day for me and my family, I am happy to help the team, a very important three points.

“It was a solid performance, each game we are improving and we need to keep going this way and get the rest because Tuesday [at Southampton] we need to go again.”

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