Step by step more confidence will arrive at Wembley, insists Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 August 2017
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France skipper reflects on draw with Burnley and will keep an eye on what happens on transfer deadline day
Hugo Lloris says Tottenham Hotspur need to start getting some confidence at Wembley, conceding it has not been easy to generate the dominant feeling the Lilywhites had at White Hart Lane last season.
Spurs had the best home record in the top flight last term, finishing the campaign unbeaten in N17 while picking up 53 points from a possible 57 in the league.
They have now moved to a temporary home at Wembley, however, while their new stadium is constructed in Tottenham - and they have failed to win either of their opening two matches under the arch, losing 2-1 to Chelsea before drawing 1-1 with Burnley on Sunday.
“Wembley is a different place and it demands more effort in your mind, in your body, and then we need to try to find the right feeling, find confidence so that step by step it will arrive,” said Lloris. “We need to make sure that kind of scenario will not happen again.
“I think it could have happened at White Hart Lane too. From the beginning when you don’t win your two home games, you start to lose a bit of confidence, and you can feel the same in the crowd.
“You can feel the opponent building confidence and it’s not easy - especially after a season like last one. We were unbeaten [at home], we could have played eyes closed. We were fantastic. But the most important thing is to keep our belief, keep working hard, and it will happen.”
Spurs were agonisingly close to a 1-0 Wembley victory against Burnley at the weekend, but Chris Wood struck a 92nd-minute equaliser.
“The way the game ended, it’s very frustrating,” said Lloris. “We need to do better. A game like that, you need to kill it. We had some good chances to score but we didn’t do it. The goalkeeper made some good saves too.
“We should have managed better the chance for the Burnley goal. It’s a cruel scenario but it’s football.
“The problem is, if you don’t kill the game, being 1-0 up is not enough because Burnley are still in the game. It’s a very good team, they run a lot and make a lot of effort.
“To make sure we get the three points we need to kill the game, or you need to be very strong until the end, and that was not the case.
“I do think we should have managed the end of the game better, but we cannot replay it. It’s finished now and we need to think about that and improve individually, improve collectively, and make sure that kind of scenario will not happen again.”
Spurs’ players have now dispersed and joined their various national squads - but Lloris will have one eye on the final two days of the transfer window, which closes on Thursday night.
“When you like football you follow the actuality, and for sure a lot of things will happen in the next few days,” he said. “But it’s not easy as it’s an international date and you must be focused on the next game.
“The next game for us is Thursday – it’s very important for the future of the national team - so we’ll see what will happen.
“I’m not sure there’s a lot of [France] players involved, except maybe [Kylian] Mbappe! But no, we are professional. I think we understand it’s a very important moment for the national team and we will do our best to win the next few games.”
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