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Hugo Lloris breaks Tottenham players’ silence on Antonio Conte appointment after Nuno sacking

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Hugo Lloris had positive things to say about Antonio Conte on what he can bring to Tottenham and the success he has already had.

The Italian was appointed as the new Spurs head coach on Tuesday, which was just the day after Nuno Espirito Santo was dismissed.

Conte is coming into a north London side that have lost five and won five of their opening ten Premier League games and there is work to be done in a number of areas.

The 52-year-old has already found success at Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan and Lilywhites supporters will hope he can do the same at Spurs, who have been crying out for silverware for over a decade.

The Spurs captain was part of the pre match press conference and spoke to the media after Fabio Paratici on his thoughts of the new appointment.

The north London side are set to play Vitesse in the Europa Conference League on Thursday and they currently sit third in their group table.

“He is the kind of manager who will help all the players to improve and all the club to improve. His CV speaks for himself,” he said.

“This week is really important for the club. Even if we have a short time to prepare for the two games ahead of us, he tries to give us a lot of information about the structure he wants to put in the team. Then as players we have to deliver his expectations.”

The 34-year-old also commented on the recent time, with the Portuguese head coach’s departure.

“It is a sad period. It is never easy to see a manager leave a club and we have to show our respect to Nuno [Espirito Santo] and then we have to welcome Antonio Conte and his staff in the best way and make sure that we are ready to give our best for him, them, the club and fans,” he explained.

The 47-year-old was in charge for just four months but faced criticism over his style of play and the lacklustre performances led his side to four London derby defeats.

Conte is known for his ruthless style with an attacking flare on the field and clear instructions off it, which Lloris also told the media on Wednesday.

“It was quite simple. He is very ambitious and he believes in all the players in the dressing room,” he said when asked what Conte said to the players.

“He will give his best to help the club to improve and to give a proper structure to the team. Then as players we need to demand more from each other.

“We need to show more responsibility for the clubs and fans. It is a great opportunity to work under one of the greatest managers of the last few years. Now is not the time for words. It is time to work.

“It is time to believe again in ourselves, our team and in our club. Step by step we will try to improve and reach the level that we should.”

Everyone involved in the club is excited by the new appointment with the quality and winning mentality he can bring to N17, which the captain also noted.

“He has a great personality, great ideas about football. He will bring his passion, energy and knowledge of football,” he said.

“We are here to work and deliver the best every day. Bring intensity into our training sessions. Bring focus 100% every day in every single session and he will help us to deliver better performances in the competitions.”

Tottenham are currently still in their 13-year trophy drought but they will hope the Italian can put an end to it and Lloris stated what him and his teammates need to do to achieve success under Conte.

“The club showed the right direction. There is a lot of ambition for Tottenham and they try to provide the best towards the players.

“The players need to show their responsibility and they need to show their commitment. It is about finding the right connection together.

“Even if the message of Antonio Conte is very clear and very simple. Now it is all about teamwork and performances. We need to improve step by step and reach the level that should be us.”

It is likely that these thoughts are shared by a number of the Spurs squad, who will all want to impress the new head coach to secure their place in the starting XI and win games for their team.

After the European game during the week, the Lilywhites travel to Goodison Park where they play Everton on Sunday.

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