Lloris says players must make new stadium 'special'
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 August 2019
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Spurs will hope to enjoy the benefits of having a settled home for the 2019/20 campaign
Hugo Lloris has challenged his Spurs team-mates to make the club's new stadium a fortress like White Hart Lane was during the 2016/17 campaign.
Tottenham Hotspur's return to N17 was delayed and they didn't get back there until the final few weeks of last season, but it had the desired effect and made a difference, especially in the Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino's men won four of their seven matches in all competitions back home - including a memorable 1-0 win over Manchester City - while also drawing with Everton and losing to West Ham United and Ajax.
Ahead of the new campaign, captain Lloris is pleased to have the full season there, but not naïve enough to think it will instantly turn into a difficult place for opposition to visit, he knows that job is down to the team.
He told this title: "The good thing is we're going to start the season in our new stadium and this has to be a help and a big boost for us with our fans behind us.
"This stadium has to be a difficult place for any opponent, in the Premier League and Champions League and it belongs to the players to make it special.
"For sure the crowd will follow, but the main actors and protagonists are the players and it belongs to us to put in the good energy."
Spurs enjoyed a historic first European tie in the ground in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against domestic rivals City in April.
Lloris played a key part, saving an early penalty from Sergio Aguero which produced a thunderous noise from the single-tier South Stand in particular.
The stadium erupted again with 12 minutes left when Heung-min Son netted a winner and it proved crucial come the second leg with Tottenham progressing on away goals after a pulsating content at the Etihad.
Pochettino's team made it all the way to the final in Madrid, but failed to win a first-ever European Cup, losing 2-0 to Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano.
For Tottenham's captain, the focus right now has to be on the future despite the pain of that defeat in the final still quite raw.
"It's part of football. We need to move on. It's a new season and with plenty of new challenges," Lloris added.
"You have to look ahead because if we look behind us for sure we will lose the focus on the season.
"I feel quite comfortable, all the team is focused in the sessions and we have done some good things during pre-season in terms of performances.
"Now we have one week to go and it's important to keep the focus and be ready to get the three points (against Aston Villa) to start the season in the best way."
France and Spurs stopper Lloris has had a slightly disjointed summer after returning home from the tour of Singapore and Shanghai with tonsillitis.
He quickly recovered and was able to feature in the Audi Cup in Germany last week and appeared for Tottenham in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Inter Milan too.
"Unfortunately for me I had to leave my team-mates, but it didn't mean I didn't work. I came back to recover and then I started to work at the training ground and then I met the team when they got back. Step by step we build the condition," Lloris said.
"We have one more week before the start and there are plenty of things where we need to get better, but we're all excited and the best way to start is to get the win."