Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has suggested the side’s problem against bigger teams is that they lack confidence.
Spurs head into the North London derby after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to West Brom last weekend, which has created extra pressure ahead of the important clash against Arsenal.
Spurs have already been beaten by Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers’ side winning 3-0 at Tottenham earlier in the season.
“I think we need time. We are trying to go that way (confidence through a winning mentality). I think it is important that there is confidence between players and manager and staff and we are still learning and trying to improve,” said the Frenchman.
“It (confidence) happens when you win and in the big games you win as well. But there is not only a league between top teams — you can lose points everywhere.”
There is reason for Tottenham’s confidence to have been knocked, especially in the recent history of this up coming fixture.
Spurs lost all three north London derbies they played last season with 1-0 defeats home and away against Arsenal in the Premier League, while the Gunners won the FA Cup clash between the teams 2-0 at the Emirates.
It’s significant for Spurs that they seem a lot more settled under Mauricio Pochettino than they did at various points last season and that should do them some good ahead of the game tomorrow.
The consistency has been missing because the boss has been juggling a higher volume of games than he’s been used to, but Spurs seem to have a belief in what Pochettino is trying to do and the way he wants the side to play.
It may sound cliché from Lloris but he has a point; winning breeds confidence and there’s no better way to start that than to give Tottenham fans the bragging rights in North London tomorrow.