Tottenham’s Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min can hurt Manchester City, says captain Hugo Lloris

Spurs were missing the injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli on Saturday, but Lucas stuck three times in a 4-0 home win, boosting his chances of starting the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final

Ben Pearce
Sunday 14 April 2019 14:36
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Son Heung-min, right, celebrates with Lucas Moura against Huddersfield
Son Heung-min, right, celebrates with Lucas Moura against Huddersfield

Captain Hugo Lloris says Lucas Moura’s hat-trick against Huddersfield shows Tottenham have the pace and firepower to hurt Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday.

Spurs were missing the injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli on Saturday, but Lucas stuck three times in a 4-0 home win, boosting his chances of starting the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be preparing for a siege as they defend a 1-0 aggregate lead. But an away goal would leave City needing to score three times, and Lloris believes Lucas and Son Heung-min can land that vital blow.

“They have different profiles,” he said. “Of course we would prefer to have Harry but every time the gaffer gives the chance to Lucas and to Son they respond very well. They’ve scored important goals this season.

“It was so good for Lucas to get three goals against Huddersfield. We’re going to probably have a lot of space to use against Manchester City so we need the attacking players to be ready to run and give problems to their defence.

“It’s all about confidence – to respect the opponent of course but also to go out there with personality. It’s a huge game. It’s the type of game all players want to play in. It will be an even bigger battle than last Tuesday so now we must recover and prepare.

“It’s going to be about details, the same as the first leg. We need everything for that game – experience, nerve and spirit.”

Son scored in four successive matches when Kane was last sidelined, including the opener in the 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the last round of the Champions League.

The South Korean also set up Lucas’s final goal on Saturday, having only just appeared as an 87th-minute substitute, but he insists he is not feeling pressure to be Spurs’ talisman against City.

Son Heung-min scored the winning goal in the first leg

“Everyone, not just me, should enjoy the games,” he said. “We shouldn’t put this pressure on ourselves about these situations. Of course Harry’s a big miss for us but we have a big squad. Lucas showed that with three goals – it’s not easy.

“We have to go there and do what we did last Tuesday. There’s nothing better than the Champions League quarter-finals at the moment so we should just enjoy the moment and the game – but we should fight.

“Of course we’ve scored and we’re in front, in a good position, but I think we should go there with a winning mentality – we should just think it’s 0-0. Then we have a good opportunity to change the game.”

Victor Wanyama has strengthened his claim for involvement at the Etihad after his performance against Huddersfield. Having missed much of the campaign due to a knee problem, the Kenyan midfielder made only his second start of 2019 and scored the opening goal.

“It’s been a difficult season for me in terms of injuries,” he said. “It was just frustrating, getting behind. It’s difficult trying to get fit and I saw the season is going quickly. I’m glad I’ve put that behind me and now I’m getting stronger and getting back to my best.

“We have a good team spirit and togetherness. We work well as a team and if we’re focused and we give everything then I don’t think anyone can beat us.”

Centre-back Jan Vertonghen added: “We’re not a team that can sit back and play for the clean sheet [against City]. We’ll try to score ourselves.

“They know they have to go and attack. They have home advantage and know they have to score at least one to beat us. Hopefully that little cushion we have, we can take advantage of it.

“It’s a big opportunity for us. It was a big result at home. We need as good a performance on Wednesday to proceed.”

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