Tottenham Hotspur skipper Hugo Lloris has urged his teammates to ‘believe’ ahead of Sunday’s clash with champions Manchester City.
It’s been all change at Spurs this summer, following the arrival of new managing director Fabio Paratici and new manager Nuno Espirito Santo, the former Wolves boss eventually appointed after the club very publicly failed in their pursuit of a string of other candidates.
The club had previously parted company with Jose Mourinho on the eve of April’s Carabao Cup final meeting with Manchester City, due to a succession of poor results that ultimately left the club scrambling just to secure a place in the maiden Europa Conference League at the end of last season.
While much of the summer has been dominated by talk of a potential exit of talisman Harry Kane, amid interest from City, the north London club have done strong business of their own, bringing in Bryan Gil from Sevilla, as well as Atalanta duo Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini.
Santo’s men will now be looking to kick off their season on a positive note after what’s been a turbulent last 18 months or so, although they will no doubt face a stern test against Pep Guardiola’s impressive side.
Although City are overwhelming favourites to get the win on Sunday, Spurs’ long-serving captain Hugo Lloris has insisted that his teammates must ‘believe’ that they can get a result and can feed off the energy of the returning home support at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“I think it’s the best way to start,” Lloris told Spurs official website.
”We are going to play the champions in front of our fans, that’s really something very special and we need to use it in the right way, try to use everything positive to bring the energy on the pitch and bring a tough game for them.
”We know we have the talent and then it’s just to make sure we are ready to compete, make sure we are strong as a team, we need to believe, even more than before, in ourselves, and of course it’s going to be a big test as our first game. The season is still a long season, whatever will happen.
”But I believe it’s more important than ever to start well, especially after the last season, which was tough.”