Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted that his team are still a little way from matching Liverpool and Manchester City.
Lloris was speaking via Football Daily ahead of Spurs’ Champions League tie with Marseille tomorrow. Asked if he believed his team were getting closer to Liverpool and City, the Frenchman gave a diplomatic answer.
When you look at that type of team they have huge experience as a team. Players that are used to playing with each other for many, many years now. They’re used to succeeding, they’re used to winning trophies. So it’ll be easier to answer that question at the end of the season, to see where we’re going to finish, to see how close we could be,” he said.
Spurs are enjoying a good start to a first full season under Antonio Conte. Still unbeaten in the Premier League, they sit five points ahead of Liverpool, with 14 from six games.
Spurs still aiming to replicate Liverpool success
In some ways, Tottenham’s current state is reminiscent of Liverpool several years ago. They are upwardly mobile and boast a squad that can worry any in world football. But they still haven’t won anything.
Had the London club gone on to win that final, perhaps they’d have kicked on in the manner that Liverpool subsequently did.
Instead, after sacking Mauricio Pochettino, they’ve been through three different coaches since. None have managed any silverware.
Now though, with Conte at the helm, they really look as though they could finally end that drought.
That won’t be easy, of course. City have started the season as well as ever and Liverpool will always be there or thereabouts despite their sluggish start.
Conte is a winner though. He won’t stick around like Klopp to build a legacy at Spurs, no chance. But in the short-term, he’s building an incredibly dangerous team to challenge on all fronts.
Liverpool will still expect to finish ahead of Tottenham this season, despite the current table. If The Reds continue their poor form though, you can expect Conte’s side to capitalise.