By Jonathan Veal, PA
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris says Ryan Mason has already shown he is ready to be a successful manager.
Mason, 29, became the youngest boss in Premier League history when he was named Spurs’ interim coach until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho was fired on Monday coached the club’s academy for two years but has impressed Lloris – a former teammate – with his approach.
He started with a 2-1 win over Southampton in his first responsible game on Wednesday and his qualifications will be now put to the test in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday with Manchester City.
« To be honest, if the club gives him this responsibility, it is because he has the trust of the people in the V he has one, « said the French goalkeeper.
» He has the club’s DNA. Then he has the football approach that he was trying to bring to the team. I think we saw a bit of his path and approach in the second half.
« You’d be surprised, you’d be surprised. He is ready. He knows exactly what to say to the players.
« He’s close to the players who help him. Then it’s also about the [team] leaders showing their leadership. But he has a real one Football philosophy. It will surprise you.
« It all happened so quickly. We only had two days to prepare for the Southampton game and now it’s a short time before the final.
» But even in a short time he gave us a team structure, a shape. He gave us his football approach.
« To be honest, he’s 29 years old, but he’s more mature than that. And trust. He transmits this good energy to the players.
« To be honest, I think the players have more responsibilities than before and we always have to do better to finish as strong as possible. »
Mourinho was sacked after a gloomy 2021, when Spurs slipped not only out of the Premier League title fight, but also out of Europe and suffered an embarrassing defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.
Lloris destroyed the dressing room after this defeat and says that the players must share the blame.
I hope everyone in the locker room feels responsible. “Hugo Lloris did not hold back after Tottenham left the Europa League. # UEL pic.twitter.com/dl7JZYS8am
“He has proven it in the past and will certainly prove it in the future. I’m just sad that he didn’t work the way we wanted at Spurs.
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“Of course we have to share the responsibility. The players first because we are the actors. When the club makes the decision, you have to respect them as a player.
« We know the situation we are in. We have to finish as high as possible and give everything for the club. » Today more than ever we have to give everything for the club. “
Spurs are looking to end a 13-year trophy drought against City in the Carabao Cup this weekend, leaving the final defeats in the 2009 and 2015 League Cup and the 2019 Champions League final behind.
Lloris said : “The only thing we know in football is that you never know when the next opportunity will be to win a trophy.
“ So we have to be in our best shape, work as a team and do everything with pride Leave space.
« We know we’ll be up against the best possible team you can find in England, but I think we have to be exciting, try to live this moment with 100 percent energy and motivation and try everything to achieve this. «
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