Mauricio Pochettino has backed the winner of the Tottenham World Cup, Hugo Lloris, to transform the mentality of the team and help them on the way to silverware.
Lloris lifted the World Cup as the French captain this summer and Pochettino believes that his team will be driven by the experiences also gained by his strong contingent of Belgian and English semifinalists, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele.
The Argentine joked: "It's hard to handle Hugo, huh? You can not talk to him in the same way as before." Now he says "I'm a World Champion!" Nah, it's incredible because he's very humble. in Harry Kane, who is very disappointed because he tells me he should have scored more goals.
Hugo Lloris can add a trophy-winning mentality to Tottenham, believes Mauricio Pochettino
The Tottenham captain took the French team to glory in the World Cup this summer
Before facing Newcastle, Pochettino insists that the winning goalkeeper can transform his side
"Now we have players who competed at a high level in the World Cup and now we have the captain who is the world champion, who lifted the trophy.
"I mean, I think it was a fantastic experience for him to translate to our team. Surely we will be better, there is no doubt about it.
Tottenham, who did not sign anyone during the transfer period, starts his campaign in Newcastle.
Although his stars of the World Cup have had extended vacations and very short previous seasons, Pochettino insists that they are fit and eager to go. Kane saw the arrival of his second son this week, but he had been training the previous week to improve his fitness.
Tottenham could not add new signings during the summer window that made history
But Pochettino insists that the stars returning from the World Cup are fit and eager to get going
Pochettino may, however, not rush the returns of Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld, who were expected to leave the club, but so far they have remained.
"Surely Hugo is ready to play," said Pochettino. – Of course, everyone is in different places mentally. There are many rumors and it is normal that if it appears on the television and in the media it is impossible not to be affected a bit.
& # 39; The foreman said that or not? The gaffer thinks this, does not he? Players like Toby or Danny … they called me during the whole World Cup and today we were talking. You say that the situation is perhaps different from Hugo's.
& # 39; We have to deal with that and maybe help the player to be in very good shape and then help the team. But I do not care if it's this week or next week or maybe the week after. "