Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has urged his team to win trophies and not just talk about them.
Spurs’ trophy cabinet has not seen a new additional for a few years and Lloris believes it’s time that changes. The North London club finished runners-up in the Champions League last season and will be motivated to better their result this season.
“We have been talking about trophies now for at least two seasons,” Lloris told The Sun. “It is one thing to talk about it — it is another thing to show what we can do.
“It is the ambition of the board, the manager, the coaching staff and the players. So we don’t need to add any more words about this.”
“The belief is even stronger than before,” Lloris added. “But it is one thing to say things to the media, it is another thing to tell the truth inside the changing rooms.
“That is the most important thing, to speak the real truths between ourselves. Then we need to show what we are saying on the pitch.”
Spurs’ first major challenge in the new season arrives on Saturday as they take on Manchester City in what promises to be an intense clash in the Premier League.
Lloris added: “It is a big, big game. Every big game can be decisive, so it is important to be ready. The focus has to be very strong from the start.
“The only thing Saturday’s result will tell us is the truth of that one game.”
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is certain Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are both mentally prepared to feature in Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Burnley.
The duo were unavailable for last weekend’s 1-0 win at Newcastle as the police investigate “further security incidents”.
Both players were targeted by car-jackers in north London last month, with security camera footage showing Kolasinac confronting the offenders after they approached Ozil’s car. The two players emerged unhurt during the incident in Golders Green.
Neither had trained last Friday before Arsenal released a statement later in the day announcing they would be unavailable for selection at St James’ Park.
But Emery confirmed that both players had returned in the build-up to Arsenal’s first home game of the season and was in no doubt that they would be ready if called upon against the Clarets.
Asked if the pair would be mentally ready for Saturday, Emery replied: “Yes, 100 per cent.
“Really my focus is to be positive and focus on making sure the players are 100 per cent in their minds here.
“I want to help them to be with us, back to normal training, thinking about football. Above all, I want them to be able to focus on each training session and each match.
“They came back to training with us on Tuesday. They came to start training with us and really Mesut Ozil is a little sick, he didn’t train yesterday but he trained today with us.
“I think each training gives us good information and good different options with them also to take the decision if they’re going to be with us on Saturday or be in the first XI. But we are going to wait until tomorrow, our last training session.
“Am I pleased that they’re back? Of course. For us, for me, first they’re a person and second they’re a player.
“We’re continuing our way with all the players who are ready with us and consistent every day in training.
“When they are training regularly every day and consistent every day it’s good news for us because we can choose them to help us in matches – and the first match is Saturday.”
None of Arsenal’s summer signings started in the victory at Newcastle as Emery eases them into his set-up.
The likes of David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe will be keen to force their way into the side this weekend, although Granit Xhaka may miss out due to bruising on his back and leg.
“Each player is different and really after Newcastle this week the players have been working well,” he added.
“Today was the same. We can decide and choose different options for each position in the squad.
“We need to be competitive and we need different options to decide who is better for each match.
“If I have some doubt it’s good because it’s positive and after we are going to decide and it can depend on training tomorrow.”
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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he wanted Liverpool Super Cup hero Adrian to stay at the club.
The Spanish goalkeeper left West Ham as a free agent at the end of last season having lost his place to Lukasz Fabianski.
Adrian looked set for another season as back-up keeper when he completed a surprise move to Anfield just 10 days ago.
Yet the 32-year-old found himself immediately thrust into the spotlight following an injury to first-choice keeper Alisson Becker.
And Adrian became an instant Reds hero when he saved Tammy Abraham’s key penalty in the shootout against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday night as Liverpool lifted the Super Cup.
Pellegrini said: “I’m very happy for him, because he played a lot of years here at West Ham. He’s a very good goalkeeper.
“For different reasons he couldn’t find an arrangement to continue here. We wanted him here because not only is he a good goalkeeper but he is a good player for the squad.
“He signed for Liverpool and put in a very good performance and I’m happy for him.”
Pellegrini takes West Ham to Brighton on Saturday looking to bounce back from their 5-0 opening-day mauling by former side Manchester City.
“It was not a good start to the season, we made too many mistakes and we need to improve to be a competitive team,” he added.
“We must be consistent in our style. All the preparation, or the most part of it, is in the way we can improve our style of playing.
“One defeat will not change our mindset. We have built a good squad. We must try to play better, we must defend better but it is just one game.”
Pellegrini is sweating on the fitness of record signing Sebastien Haller and Brazilian playmaker Felipe Anderson ahead of the trip to the south coast.
“They are trying to recover from the kicks they had in the last game. We will see tomorrow, we have some doubts,” he said.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere has trained all week despite coming off with a dead leg against City.
Skipper Mark Noble remains sidelined by a calf injury but is expected to return to training next week.