Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris feels he is “lucky” to work under Jose Mourinho who has brought a winning mentality to the club.
It is nearly one year since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Eyebrows were raised when a man famed for his defensive approach to the game was brought in.
However, having guided them to sixth place last season, they are now second in the standings behind Leicester City.
The Portuguese tactician struggled while at Manchester United and his future was uncertain after leaving Old Trafford. Many thought it was a gamble for Spurs to employ the controversial coach but things are running smoothly at present.
It remains to be seen where they end up but Lloris is adamant they have the right man at the helm.
“I am lucky to be able to be coached by Jose Mourinho,” he said, as reported by RMC Sport. “I don’t need to introduce him; he is one of the greatest coaches of the last few years.
“He has this culture of winning, and that’s what he is trying to establish at Tottenham who are in need of trophies.”
Lloris is currently on international duty with Les Bleus and faced Portugal on Saturday evening.
Spurs return to action when Pep Guardiola brings his Manchester City side to the capital next Saturday.
Grass not always greener
One man who decided that life under Mourinho was not for him was Christian Eriksen. The 28-year-old left north London to join Inter in January this year – penning a four-and-a-half-year deal.
The Denmark international was looking for a new challenge after becoming stale at Tottenham. However, it has not gone to plan with the Serie A side and he has made only three league starts this term.
“This isn’t what I dreamed of,” he told TV2. “All players want to play as much as possible, but the coach decides who gets to go on the pitch.”
Whether the talented schemer makes a surprise return to Spurs only time will tell. He is refusing to rule out anything but wants to let his football do the talking.
“Right now it may not be going so well in the club, but in the past, when I did not play that much either, there was great success,” he added.
“I am concentrating on my football, then when the transfer window opens we will see if something will happen or not.”