Obviously gutted following Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, winger Lucas Moura had a word with ESPN Brasil about the result.
Interviewed by reporter João Castelo-Branco following the Arsenal match, the 29-year-old talked about the impact that a loss in the derby could have on Spurs’ season, highlighting their urge to improve for the upcoming games.
“It’s hard to talk after a loss like that, in a derby. We know what it means to our fans,” Lucas Moura told ESPN Brasil.
“We didn’t deserve to win. We didn’t play well. We didn’t have the ball, we didn’t try to play. And they punished us when they had the opportunity, because they have the quality to do it. Difficult moment for us, because in the last three games we conceded nine goals and scored only one. It’s a time to work, not talk too much.
“As I said, a derby means a lot, which can definitely change the course of the season. But we are experienced players, quality players who have to know how to handle this kind of situation. As I said, it wasn’t just today. Against Chelsea it was difficult, against Crystal Palace too. So we have to have the humility to lower our heads, to work. And knowing that nothing is over, that there is a long season ahead. We have to improve and we’ll work for it.”
Moura was also asked about the pressure that Nuno Espírito Santo has been under at the start of this season. The winger made it clear that the club have the manager’s back.
“Nuno has our confidence. He’s trusted by everyone in the club, the board. It’s a job that’s been done. We’ve been working hard all week. He just arrived. He knew about the difficulty too, because the Premier League is like that, it doesn’t have an easy game.
“So for sure he has our support, we’ll continue to work hard. As I said, this is difficult, but it’s part of it, because all teams have quality. As I said, he has our support. We’ll work hard for this. It’s not just him either. We players are also to blame for this moment. But we can’t lose our minds.”
— Joao Castelo-Branco (@j_castelobranco) September 27, 2021
Tottenham now switch to the Europa Conference League, where they face Slovenian side Mura this week. Nuno Espírito Santo’s side are then back in action in the Premier League against Aston Villa on Sunday, in their last match before the international break.