Tottenham have won only one of their last six league games and could well miss out on Europe all together unless they arrest this poor run of form.
They were soundly beaten by Stoke over the weekend and things are looking bleak for Mauricio Pochettino’s side who are but only a shadow of the team that challenged for a Champions League spot until recently.
Spurs’ last two fixtures of the season are against a Hull City side fighting for their English Premier League survival and a dangerous Everton outfit who blow hot and cold, but can be tough nuts when they want to be.
One Spurs player who is doing well though — apart from the sensational Harry Kane is French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
After a tough start to life in the English game, the skipper has consistently performed well.
It does not do his reputation any harm with the latest rumour mill going around that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Manchester United are keeping a close watch on him.
Following are experts from an online interview with Lloris ahead Spurs’ visit to Malaysia as part of the AIA Tour in Asia.
Q: You had a rough start to your career with Tottenham, how do you feel about it now?
HL: I’m still trying to improve to help the team win and achieve. I’ve learnt a lot about English football and the Premier League style,and I feel very comfortable now with this culture and enjoy it. I don’t want to stand still though, I want to work and do more to be important for the team and to help the club move forwards.
Q: What is it like playing under Mauricio Pochettino and how has he helped you improve your game?
HL: He has helped everyone at the Club. He has a proper philosophy for football and knows where he wants to go, and where he wants to take the club. I think we can have total confidence in him. It’s difficult to build success in one year but we know where we want to be and the next step is to get there.
Q: Your top three saves?
HL: I don’t really like to pick out individual saves. Sometimes people get carried away with saves. Sometimes they are easy, sometimes hard but it’s more about positioning, decision making, and other things.
Q: Who’s the toughest striker you played against in the Premier League this season?
HL: There are a lot of great players but if I had to choose one it would be Sergio Aguero. He’s fantastic, so quick with the ball and difficult to read.
Q: Spurs take on the Malaysia at the end of the month – are you looking forward to it?
HL: We are really looking forward to meeting the fans. Trips like this make us realise how important the club is for our fans in Asia and it is also a good chance to get away as a squad before we go our separate ways in the summer.
Q: Your message to all the Spurs fans in Malaysia.
HL: We look forward to meeting you! We will be ready to sign a lot of autographs and have photos taken, and hopefully we can entertain you too with some good football on the pitch when we play the national team.