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Hugo Lloris reveals the three things Antono Conte has instilled in ‘different’ Tottenham team

Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane celebrate Walter Tull trophy after Rangers win

Tottenham skipper Hugo Lloris has revealed the three main fundamental things that Antonio Conte has instilled in the team during his time in charge.

Conte takes Spurs to his old club Chelsea on Sunday after securing a fourth-placed finish when he took over in the middle of last season, as well as overseeing a significant summer of recruitment and a winning start to the new campaign.

The north Londoners thumped Southampton 4-1 on Saturday to sit top of the table after the opening weekend.

And Lloris thinks this Tottenham are considerably ‘different’ to where they were this time last year when Nuno Espirito Santo was at the helm.

The Frenchman states that Conte the “physical, tactical and mental” work done by Conte since he came in has put the club in a much better position to reduce the gap to the top teams in England.

He said: “I believe we’re going the right way. But it’s easy to talk. The most important thing is to show it every time we have the possibility, every time we face an opponent.”

And that next opponent is the always daunting trip to Stamford Bridge to tackle Chelsea.

Tottenham have a woeful record in the Premier League at the home of their London rivals. But Lloris is confident they are now much more capable of getting results at their top-six rivals.

Chelsea trip a good measuring stick for Tottenham

He added: “As regards the expectation, we’re just focussed on our days to be honest. We have a strong structure and the basics.

“We know each other well and there’s also the addition of quality players and international players. So obviously we’re going to try to be as competitive as we can.

“That’s our target, that’s the standard the club wants to reach. We’re going to push together. But I repeat: it’s just game by game.”

As for the game at the Bridge, Lloris believes it will provide a good measuring stick of where the team are at.

The 35-year-old said: “Obviously when you face that kind of opponent it’s a good moment to judge yourself. After two games, whatever is the result next weekend there will be plenty of games ahead of us.

“But it’s more that in this competitive way, we can confirm a good result and performance against Southampton and feel and show improvement compared to last season. Chelsea is a very strong team, very competitive, they will probably be a contender for the title and it’s good for us to go there and challenge them.”

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