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Focus imperative over festive period - Hugo

Fri 07 December 2018, 10:48|Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris says the focus will be solely on ourselves as we battle through a busy winter schedule – continuing this weekend against Leicester City.

As always it will be a hectic festive period for us, full of tough and crucial fixtures. Having already come up against Arsenal and Southampton so far in December, we still face seven games before the turn of the year.

Following our trip to Leicester on Saturday, we have Premier League matches against Burnley, Everton, Bournemouth and Wolves, as well as taking on Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and a decisive Champions League clash with Barcelona next week.

It may be a testing set of games, but Hugo feels we should not be concerned about who our opponents are, instead turning the spotlight inward.

“No matter who the opponent is, we want to win every game,” the captain explained. “We don’t work on the other teams, we work for ourselves. It’s our motivation. The drive has to come from us. Every training session, every game we play, every time we compete, the mentality is to win.

You have to respect your opponent and yourself, especially in the Premier League because the level is very tight.

Hugo Lloris

“We have respect for every team. In the Premier League especially, if you think you are better than the other team before you have played the game, you are wrong and you are going to go straight to the wall.

“You have to respect your opponent and yourself, especially in the Premier League because the level is very tight between the teams. You need good energy, a good mentality and spirit and this is what we want to keep until the end of the season.”

On Wednesday night, we returned to winning ways in the Premier League after we comfortably dispatched Southampton 3-1 at Wembley. Goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son gave us a 3-0 lead before Charlie Austin fired in a late consolation for the Saints.

It was a result which certainly boosted spirits in the camp following last Sunday’s north London derby defeat and also put us back into third place in the Premier League table. With still just two points separating us and Chelsea and Arsenal in fourth and fifth place respectively, it remains close-knit behind leaders Manchester City and second placed Liverpool.

“This season is very tight,” Hugo admitted. “At the moment there are a number of teams fighting for the top four. The most important thing for us is to keep our consistency and we will see what will happen.”

Kick-off at the King Power Stadium is at 7.45pm.