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EXCLUSIVE Erik Lamela opens up on Mourinho, Pochettino and Tottenham's need to end their trophy hunt this season


Tottenham's Erik Lamela (Photo by Visionhaus)

Tottenham's Erik Lamela (Photo by Visionhaus)

Tottenham's Erik Lamela (Photo by Visionhaus)

Erik Lamela believes Tottenham have reached a point in their evolution where trophy success has to be the next step, as he backed manager Jose Mourinho to make it happen this season.

Speaking to sundayworld.com at an Amazon Prime event, the Argentine midfielder insisted the competition for places at Tottenham following a summer of big name arrivals provides him with a challenge to relish, even if it means he faces a fight to get into Mourinho's line-up.

"We need to try and win something now," declared Lamela ahead of Sunday's game against Brighton. "It is a long season with so many games and it is too early to say whether we are ready to win something, but I feel we have a great squad.

"The challenge for this club in my seven years here was to win trophies and we came so close to achieving that trophy by reaching the Champions League final in 2019. The expectation was that we would be ready to go again after coming so close to that important trophy, but it didn't happen.

"We had so many difficult issues last season and it did not work out, but now we have an incredible squad and we have to try and make the most of the chance we have been given to achieve success.

"There is competition for places as we have two or three players in every position and the quality is higher than it has been in the past. This is what we want.

"It will be a challenge to get into this team, but we want to be part of a club that is successful, and you need top players in a squad to achieve things."

Mourinho, who next month will celebrate one year in charge of the North London club, was praised for his relationship with the players. Lamela discussed how this moment was captured on the new Amazon documentary, ‘All or Nothing’.

"Whatever people might say about him, I find Mourinho to be a really nice person and we laugh with him every day," stated Lamala. "He is very honest with the players and we have a good relationship with him. Also, he is a winner and we want to win with him.

"The moment when the manager comes in was very strange for us and you will see the reaction of the players when we see him for the first time on the Amazon documentary. We didn't know Pochettino was leaving and suddenly Mourinho was there.

"We have to listen to him. Sometimes we need to finish a game better, in the last ten minutes we need to be better in defence, keep the ball better or give a foul away. He talks about that a lot and we always follow the manager."

Lamela also discussed fond memories of former Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who was dismissed last November after five years at the helm.

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"We had so long with Pochettino, so it was sad when he was not here anymore," he added. "We couldn't believe he was gone, and we have a lot of great memories working with him. Too many years and too many things to remember.

"It was difficult in that moment when he is gone, but the day after you cannot think about. Now we know Mourinho and everyone is very happy working with him. In football, it is always about winning the next game."

All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur is available on Amazon Prime now

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