Date: 2nd February 2018 at 7:19pm
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Mauricio Pochettino insists Lucas Moura will need time at Tottenham and is not a finished article.

Lucas was in Paris on Thursday for personal reasons and he is unlikely to play against Liverpool on Sunday.

Spurs completed a £28million deal for Lucas on the last day of the transfer window but Pochettino has called for patience with the Brazilian.

“We signed a player that is not playing at PSG,” Pochettino said. “We signed a player who has not competed for six or seven months. Of course he’s a name, an exciting name for our fans, he came from PSG, a big club.

“But it’s different to signing Neymar, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. That would be different. The expectation is that he can help us in the next three months but we cannot put too much pressure on him.

Asked if Lucas will be included in the squad at Anfield this weekend, Pochettino said: “I don’t want to say yes or no, but I don’t think it is possible to be available.

“He’s still doing things – he was yesterday doing some tests with our sports science medical staff, today he’s in Paris doing private things.

“We hope tomorrow he can start to work with the team. Maybe he needs to work alone a little bit to reach the team’s level.”

Tottenham have struggled to break down more defensive opponents this season, particularly at Wembley, where Burnley, Swansea, West Ham and West Brom have all avoided defeat.

Lucas, who scored 16 goals for PSG last season, should add some extra penetration.

“He can bring different qualities to the squad, he’s an experienced player – young, but with a lot of experience at a big club like PSG,” Pochettino said.

“He scored a lot of goals last season, he’s fast, he can fit with the team perfectly.”

Pochettino also confirmed Lucas would replace Argentinian defender Juan Foyth in Tottenham’s Champions League squad for the knock-out stages. Spurs play Juventus in the last 16 later this month.

“That is not only my decision but a club decision with the chairman, the administration, the chief scout,” Pochettino said. “It was a club decision.”

Tottenham will be hoping to sustain momentum this weekend after their excellent win over Manchester United. Another victory would see them jump ahead of Liverpool in the race for the top four.

Pochettino admitted he could rotate the side, with Newport in the FA Cup, Arsenal in the league and Juventus all to come in the next fortnight, according to Press Association Sport.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • Limerick AL. February 2, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Losing on Sunday is simply unbearable, obviously the pain of loss is always bad, but having to Listen to Sky , BBC, and the rest is enough to make a Pig vomit, so a draw would do nicely.

  • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Now!!! At last…

  • Harry Hotspur February 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm
  • Caspurs♿️ February 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Sp Poch’s child was conceived and born in the time it takes to fly from Argentina to Spain, fakinel!

  • Caspurs♿️ February 2, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    gloster1861
    No. The bugger said Spurs after the half seven news… Of course midnight is after the half seven news.

    Are you happy now?

    • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Not yet… I’m listening to this Nihal bloke and Jena’s talking about Poch.

      Get on with the real stuff.

  • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Spurs preview now…

  • Still Nil Nil February 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    At least moura hasn’t got an ‘inho’ at the end of his name.

    • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Mourinho. 😬

      • SeattleSpursGuy February 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm

        I’m disappointed that he has two names. Proper Brazilians have only the one name.

        • AntSpurs February 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm

          He wears ‘Lucas’ on his shirt.

          • SeattleSpursGuy February 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm

            Feeling better now.

        • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm

          His full name is Lucas Rodriguez Moura da Silva.

          • AntSpurs February 2, 2018 at 8:10 pm

            In Spain, not sure about Brazil but I think it’s the same, it’s customary to take the maiden names from both sides. Those with one name are often their ‘nickname’ of which they are affectionately known growing up. Much easier that way.

            • AntSpurs February 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm

              Quite a few surnames are double or barrelled or have three nes long so sticking two of these together you will quickly run out of space and time giving out your signature.

  • TyredMan 🚯 February 2, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    We haven’t beaten the Dippers since 2011. this is very sober reading I must say.

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/11232196/liverpool-v-tottenham-two-wins-in-25-anfield-attempts-for-spurs

    • Still Nil Nil February 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Spurs beat them 4-1 at Wembley this season

      • MysteriousStranger February 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

        The article does specify Anfield attempts.

    • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Ancient history.

      We’ll whip their sorry ass.

  • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    FiveLive just about to preview our match on Sunday, and play Poch’s earlier interview.

    Coming up Now!

    • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      NOW!

      • Frontwheel 2 February 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm

        Not yet

        • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm

          No. The bugger said Spurs after the half seven news… Of course midnight is after the half seven news.

  • gloster1861 February 2, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Moura will be more needed against the teams who park the bus. So not Pool, Arsenal not Juventus probably.

    I’m thinking Palace at the end of the month. Then Huddersfield the week after.

  • SeattleSpursGuy February 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    “I don’t want to say yes or no, but I don’t think it is possible to be available.”

    LOLZ

  • Caspurs♿️ February 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Yeah avvit slo-mo mofo’s