Tottenham Hotspur’s man of the moment Lucas Moura has given an interview to Yahoo Brasil this Monday. After scoring a hat-trick against Huddersfield Town, the Brazilian is now excited to face Manchester City in the Champions League.
Due to Harry Kane’s injury, Moura has now been forced to change roles, and has talked about the adaptation since moving from the wing to the centre forward position and explained it’s something he’s been preparing for.
“I started leaning to play in that position from the moment I arrived at Tottenham,” Lucas Moura told Yahoo. “It’s kind of weird for everyone to see me playing as a striker, a lot because of my size, but we have to do our best. I need to be ready to go where the team needs.
“I came in his place, centralised. Then I went to the left wing. It’s important to always dedicate yourself, regardless of the position. I’m prepared to go where the manager needs me.”
Regarding Harry Kane’s absence, Lucas Moura trusts the Spurs squad to keep their quality: “A player like Harry Kane is definitely missed. He is our reference, our scorer. We get sad when a player leaves the team this way, due to an injury, especially him, who already suffered from it this season, was out for a while… We have to be prepared to enter and respond. Our squad is qualified.”
Regarding the Champions League quarter finals, with Tottenham leading 1-0 from the first leg, Moura expects a big challenge, and hopes that playing away doesn’t affect the White Hart Lane side.
“It’s going to be a very difficult match. We know the strength of City playing at home, but we have to play with the same spirit and intensity that we play at home. I’m sure we can go there and have a great game.”
Signed from Paris Saint Germain on a £25m move last summer, Lucas Moura has 12 goals and two assists for Tottenham this season so far. With a contract running until 2023, he’s proving to be a useful player for the squad, having some impact when used by Mauricio Pochettino.