Spurs not confident going into the big games after poor results last season.
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted that his side lack confidence when facing the biggest sides in the Premier League, report the Mail, ahead of this weekend’s huge North London derby against fierce local rivals Arsenal.
Spurs couldn’t even muster a goal in the three North London derbies that were played last season, losing 1-0 at White Hart Lane to a solitary Tomas Rosicky goal in the last meeting, whilst they also struggled against the other teams challenging for Champions League qualification, notably being thrashed twice by Liverpool.
Lloris has admitted that things aren’t quite right in the Tottenham dressing room ahead of big matches like this weekend’s clash with the Gunners and believes that Spurs need a taste of success before they can feel the same confidence as their rivals:
“When you go into a club, the first thing is tradition. This is the difference between the top clubs in Europe and Tottenham. They are used to winning so when you are a new player in that club, in the changing room there are a lot of players who won a lot of titles. For that, we need to start with one trophy.”
However, Lloris has also suggested that Spurs are a top class team whose quality would be more clear in other leagues, with the strength of the Premier League meaning that it is tough for them to get noticed, a point he made when asked whether Spurs must feel as though they really need results against the big teams after recent struggles:
“Yes. But we are in the Premier League and it is the most difficult league to win in the world. There are five, six, seven top clubs which are able to win, or are at the same level as the champions in France, Italy, Germany.”
After a disappointing home defeat to West Bromwich Albion last weekend, Spurs need a result at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, but will need to end their poor recent record on the other side of North London if they are to bounce back.