Hugo Lloris warns that Tottenham can not afford another slow start to the Premier League

Hugo Lloris warns that Tottenham can not afford another slow start to the Premier League

Hugo Lloris has warned that Slovenian Tottenham can not afford to lose points again this season.

Spurs started the campaign with a 2-1 victory at Newcastle and she also won at St. James's Park on the opening day of last season before taking a point out of their next two games.

By the end of November, they were already 13 points behind defending champions Manchester City, and Manchester coach Mauricio Pochettino had almost lost the Premier League title.

Spurs were the best team in the Premier League in the second half of each of the last three seasons, but slow starts were a recurring problem; the side averaged 1.4 points per game in August, compared with 2.6 in March.

Spurs 'nine World Cup semi-finalists, including French captain Lloris, only had five days' training in front of Newcastle, but the keeper says they can continue their strong start.

"It's important to stay focused because we can not lose points in the first few games," Lloris said. "It's important to start [the season] in the right way – as we did against Newcastle. The first game is always important.

"Of course we can improve individually and collectively from this first game, but mentally we've proven we're ready.

"In three weeks [of holiday]It is difficult to rest properly and the last season was long. But it has been very positive for all of us and we have to use the experience of last season and join our team because we have great games ahead of us – the Champions League, the Premier League, the League Cup.

"There are many ways to win trophies, step by step we need to bring the right things into the season to build trust, it's about spirit, everyone needs to be ready to help the team, we know each other well and in the Premier You can not turn off League, it's impossible.

"They look at Newcastle – a difficult place for you, we tried our best – some players were already playing after a week [of training] – But we have the result we needed because of the spirit, because we were ready to die for each other. "

The slow start of the Spurs last season can be partly attributed to the game in Wembley, but Lloris admits that they can not be alienated when they return to the National Stadium against Fulham on Saturday.

"It's okay, we know Wembley well," Lloris said. "Fulham has a lot of good players and they are looking forward to playing in Wembley.

"It's not an easy game, but we'll make sure our minds are ready again, and we have a week to prepare for the next game to keep working on our fitness."

Vincent Janssen was spared in the Spurs 24-man Premier League team and the squad was eliminated as the club continues to look for a buyer for the unwanted striker.

The Dutch international was awarded the # 9 jersey after his 17-million-pound move from AZ Alkmaar two years ago, but he spent the last season on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce and was told he was not in Pochettino plans.

In the meantime, Harry Winks and Erik Lamela have returned to full training and the latter is ready to compete against the Cottagers on the weekend.

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