Spurs star Lucas Moura has today opened up on the upcoming north London derby, labelling the matchup as ‘perfect’ for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, in their hopes of getting the club’s campaign back on track.
Spurs 0-1 Newcastle
Tottenham welcomed Steve Bruce’s Magpies to north London on Sunday evening, hoping to carry on their solid start to the campaign.
Spurs followed an opening day victory over Aston Villa with a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Manchester City, courtesy of smash-and-grab goals from Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura.
Newcastle, on the other hand, had endured a nightmare first two weeks to the season, having fallen to respective defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Norwich.
As such, Tottenham understandably headed into proceedings as clear favourites to bag all 3 points.
When all was said and done, however, the visitors sprung a shock on their heavily-favoured opponents.
A solitary first-half strike from Joelinton eventually proved the difference between the sides, as Newcastle picked up a morale-boosting victory.
79.8% – Tottenham had 79.8% possession in their 0-1 defeat to Newcastle; the second-highest figure for a losing side in the Premier League since 2003-04, behind only Liverpool’s 80.4% against Burnley in August 2016. Nullified. pic.twitter.com/sCoR81zPy3
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 25, 2019
‘Need to look forward’
Next up for Spurs, meanwhile, is a north London derby showdown with Arsenal this weekend.
The capital giants are set to visit the Emirates on Sunday evening, in an early-season litmus test for both sides.
As such, some are likely to question whether a meeting with their arch rivals on the back of such an abysmal showing last time out might be the last thing that Mauricio Pochettino’s men need.
One individual who is certainly not of such an opinion, though, is Lucas Moura.
Speaking in an interview with the Evening Standard earlier today, Brazilian attacker Lucas revealed his opinion that a clash with Arsenal is in fact the ideal one for his side at this moment in time, as they aim to get back on track:
‘Is this the perfect game for us to have after the Newcastle defeat? Yes. We need to look forward now. There are a lot of hard games to come.’
‘We lost against Newcastle but I am sure we have the quality to go to Arsenal and come back with three points. That’s what we must try to do.’
‘Each game is different. This is a new season and we have new players. I think we are stronger now [than in previous years]. I am sure we can go anywhere and win games.’
‘For sure it was a very bad result against Newcastle. We tried but it was very difficult to play against them, especially as they kept everyone behind the ball after they scored.’