Lucas Moura is ready to embrace the pressure to help end Tottenham’s trophy drought this season and send Spurs back into the top four, with his time at Paris Saint-Germain being key to managing expectations.
Three Premier League defeats in four games saw Spurs break out of the top six after a brilliant start under Nuno Espirito Santo.
The race for Champions League places is already shaping up to be extremely tight and Spurs cannot afford to lose too much ground too soon.
Lucas Moura is determined to help Tottenham win a trophy and place in the top four
Cracks are already starting to appear and Sunday’s trip to Newcastle invigorated will require resilience and strong characters.
“When we have big players, a big club, big investments, the pressure is also great and now our situation when we talk about European competition is the Conference League,” Lucas said.
“We want to win this competition, we will fight for that and we will fight in the Premier League to be in the top four and come back to the Champions League because a club like Tottenham and the players that we have, we have to think about it, we have to have that mindset and think about more important things.
Tottenham started off brilliantly under Nuno Espirito Santo but they’ve struggled recently
“The Champions League is our place and we will try for that.
Lucas joined PSG for £ 38million in January 2013, becoming the club’s most expensive signing and the pressure to deliver the French giants was immediate.
The Brazilian is building on his past experiences to help end Spurs’ long wait for a UEFA Conference League trophy this season, while also aiming for a top-four spot.
“Everyone knows that football is not just about money,” he explained.
‘Of course that helps. But it will bring a lot of expectations because it means they can buy big players, big stars, and make some improvements to the club, the stadium, the training ground.
Moura stressed that it was extremely important for Tottenham to return to the Champions League
“So the fans are excited because they want titles, they want to see the team win trophies, win the Champions League and it’s good to be involved.
“Because you, as a player, have these expectations to win, to perform.
“It was a pleasure for me and it’s very normal for a footballer.
It’s good pressure. Football is that, because when you are in a big club with big players around you, you have a big expectation from the fans and a big pressure but it’s good.
“You feel it when you play and that’s why football is amazing. “