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Lucas Moura respects Mauricio Pochettino’s choice to drop him for the Champions League final – and will attempt to use that disappointment to drive Tottenham to silverware this season.

Signed from Paris St Germain in January 2018, the 26-year-old has sealed his spot in club folklore with a outstanding hat-trick that propelled Spurs to their very first ever European Cup final.

But Lucas’ semi-final heroics against Ajax did not prove adequate for a beginning berth in the Madrid finale, with Harry Kane favoured in attack regardless of a lengthy absence following injury.

Lucas Moura celebrates after the final whistle of the Champions League semi-final, second leg match against Ajax in which he scored a hat-trick to secure Spurs' place in the final.
Lucas Moura celebrates just after the final whistle of the Champions League semi-final, second leg match against Ajax in which he scored a hat-trick to safe Spurs’ spot in the final (Adam Davy/PA Pictures).

The Brazil international ultimately came on in the 66th minute and was unable to protect against Spurs from succumbing to a two- loss to Liverpool – a case of what could have been for player and the club.

“Of course it was tricky for the reason that each player desires to play,” Lucas stated of the Champions League final. “But it was even much more to shed the game.

“I seriously assume we could do much better, could win this trophy. We had good quality for this.

“I will need to respect the choice of the coach and respect my group-mates, so no issue with this.


“I appear forward now to subsequent season to do a wonderful season as nicely. Win a trophy, that is my objective.

“For certain he (Pochettino) has a great purpose for this (choice) and I am certain that it was tricky for him as nicely to pick out a player. He wants to pick out only 11.

“I respect, I am a qualified. No issue for this. Now I appear forward to the subsequent season.”

Lucas brushed aside a query about no matter if Pochettino had spoken to him about the choice and is clearly focused on the future.

Lucas Moura (left) and manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrate after the final whistle of the Champions League semi-final in Amsterdam.
Lucas Moura (left) and manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrate just after the final whistle of the Champions League semi-final in Amsterdam (Adam Davy/PA Pictures).

“I assume I comprehend the way Mauricio desires us to play,” he stated in sweltering Singapore ahead of facing Juventus in the International Champions Cup. “I really feel extremely great now. I really feel seriously at house with my group-mates and my club.

“I am extremely pleased and I can not wait to begin the new season, to do my finest and have a wonderful season like the final one particular.  I assume we are at a further level. We reached the Champions League final.

“We got into the new stadium. Men and women think in us much more now and it is time to confirm this, that we are a large group, a large club, with a wonderful squad. We will see what will take place this season.”

Asked if Spurs are getting into a new era now, he stated: “I assume so, yes. I assume it is a new era for us with the new stadium, with the Champions League final.

“I assume we got much more self-confidence and men and women think much more in us now.

Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax – UEFA Champions League – Semi Final – First Leg – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Moura believes it is a new era for Spurs following the move into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“I assume that it is time to confirm this, it is time to dream with a trophy. That is our objective now and we will do our finest for this.”

Lucas was one particular of eight players to take aspect in an occasion at the AIA’s Fan Zone outdoors Singapore’s National Stadium, exactly where they helped an try to beat the country’s national record for the time it requires to pass the ball involving 100 men and women.

There had been lots of hundreds much more watching at an occasion that was manic at instances in the intense humidity.

“I am so pleased to be right here in Singapore,” Lucas added. “It’s my very first time right here.  I am so impressed by the nation – it is a extremely good nation, extremely good men and women, wonderful fans.

“We are carrying out a great job right here, functioning tough. We will need to get pleasure from this time on the pitch as nicely and of course outdoors to know a new nation, new men and women, a new culture. That is extremely great for us.

“The challenge is coaching in circumstances like this. Quite hot.  But it assists to increase ourselves, our shape. We are possessing a great time right here.”

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