Lucas Moura has been given a big chance in Tottenham Hotspur’s starting lineup via the absence of Son Heung-Min, and he’s ready to grab onto it with both hands. Speaking to ESPN Brazil (via Sport Witness), the former PSG winger has said that not only is he feeling good about the opportunities he’s being given by Mauricio Pochettino, he also is bullish on Spurs’ chances in the Premier League title race.
“I have to take advantage of the opportunities that show up. It’s my first season from the start here with Tottenham. I tried to work hard and strong in the pre-season to get started.
“And the opportunities are there. I have to take it, it’s a big one I’m having. I will work hard, I will do my utmost to be able to help the team, to gain my spot in the team.”
He also showed a real confidence and belief in his teammates, tipping Spurs to right up there at the top of the league again. When asked whether Spurs could battle with Manchester City and Liverpool for their first Premier League title since 1961, he replied thusly:
“I believe so. We are a very strong team. In the last two seasons we were always in the first places, qualifying for the Champions League.
“I think the important thing is that nobody left. I think we still have a very strong team, well intertwined, that’s very important, too. We have the full condition to fight at the top of the table.”
If Spurs are going to make a run for the title this season — and anything can happen — Lucas is probably going to be a big part of it. He has begun the season with a bang, starting in both of Tottenham’s two opening fixtures and scoring his first career Premier League goal against Fulham, a curling beauty of a shot that kissed off the post and past Fabricio. His directness, speed, and dribbling make him a versatile attacker that is comfortable playing anywhere along the forward attacking band, and he’s had the benefit of a six month “extended preseason” to learn Pochettino’s tactics and get used to life in England.
I like his optimism. I hope he’s right.