Tottenham stars must share responsibility for Nuno flop and cannot let Antonio Conte down, says Hugo Lloris

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Tottenham stars must share responsibility for Nuno flop and cannot let Antonio Conte down, says Hugo Lloris
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Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has told the players to share the responsibility for Nuno Espirito Santo’s sacking and warned the squad not to waste the opportunity of working under Antonio Conte.

Spurs sacked a third head coach in less than two years this week, with Nuno dismissed after just four months in the job and replaced overnight by Conte.

The Italian arrives with an established record of success, having won five league titles in his last seven seasons as a coach, and Lloris said everyone at the club is excited about their fresh start.

“Of course we have to share the responsibility [for Nuno's sacking],” Lloris said ahead of Thursday's Europa Conference League match against Vitesse Arnhem, which will be Conte's first in charge.

“When it does not work, it does not belong only to one person or two or three with the staff. It belongs to everyone. Now is a new chapter and with passion, with emotion, with demands; we need to increase our level individually to help the team to get better.

“Honestly [Conte] is the kind of manager who will help all the players to improve and all the club to improve. His CV speaks for itself.

"This week is really important for the club. Even if we have a short time to prepare for the two games ahead of us, he tries to give us a lot of information about the structure he wants to put in the team. Then as players we have to deliver his expectations.

“There is a lot of excitement but not only from the players. Also from the fans and the club. He has a great personality, great ideas about football. He will bring his passion, energy and knowledge of football.

“We are here to work and deliver the best every day. Bring intensity into our training sessions. Bring focus 100 per cent every day in every single session and he will help us to deliver better performances in the competitions.

“Unfortunately it didn’t work like we wanted [under Nuno]," Lloris added. "Now it’s a new era, a new chapter.

"It’s a massive opportunity for us, to work under that kind of manager. But when you have the opportunity, you have to take it and you have to give your best.

"Hopefully we are going to have better days ahead of us.”

In an interview with Standard Sport in September, Lloris spoke about starting a new cycle at Spurs under Nuno and peaking in around a few years’ time.

He admitted the appointment of Conte, who has always targeted immediate success at his former club, has “accelerated the process” of returning to the top and admitted expectations were immediately higher.

In pointed comments directed at his teammates, Lloris also called for more consistency and commitment in training, suggesting the players were not always giving their all under previous coaches.

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“We probably accelerated the process,” he said. “We are just players but obviously [at] Tottenham with Antonio Conte there will be even more expectation. But again, it does not matter what people say outside.

"Most important is what is going on inside the dressing room, inside the building. We have to work together as a unit and make ourselves ready for all competitions.

“There is ambition in the club. We also want to respond to the expectations of the fans. That’s something important.

“And then football is about winning. The best feeling is when you win. We are looking to find consistency in our performances and our results - we don’t want to see ups and downs. For that we need to give our best every day.

“Every training session matters, it’s related to performance at the weekend and we need to be more demanding of each other in every single session, to make sure we are ready to compete during competitive games.”

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