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“Evolution”- Lloris claims Spurs players see ‘progress’ under Conte despite shock cup exits

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Hugo Lloris explains how Tottenham Hotspur have progressed under Antonio Conte

Hugo Lloris has expressed that Tottenham Hotspur have changed and adapted to Antonio Conte and his identity despite their shortcomings over the last two months. They have gone through an inconsistent run of form during that period but have shown considerable improvements in their style of play.

Conte has come in and rejuvenated a Tottenham squad that was on the decline even though the odds were stacked against him. He did receive some backing in the January transfer window, but in all honesty, it wasn’t enough. As such, setbacks would be a part of the journey, but the important factor is whether there are improvements or not.

Lloris believes the same, and he has given his thoughts on the matter. Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe (h/t Football.London), the Spurs skipper admitted that they had endured some difficulties along the way, but he is adamant that the team has improved under the Italian coach.

Hugo Lloris explains how Tottenham have changed and adapted to Antonio Conte and his identity.
Hugo Lloris says Tottenham have evolved to adapt to Conte’s ideology. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

“Before projecting yourself, you have to take everything there is to take from a coach like him. February was a little more difficult but we, inside the team, feel that there is progress, a real understanding of the structure he wants to give and I think that something is happening.”

“He brought his passion, which can be extreme, his system, and his style of play and in four months, which is very little, we feel there has been an evolution. We hope that it will lead to a good end to the season.”

Gradual progress

It is clear as daylight that we have progressed under the 52-year-old coach and have a sense of identity at this moment. After Jose Mourinho’s volatile spell, Ryan Mason’s short-lived cameo, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s uncertain few months, we finally seem to have some stability in the coaching department.

The former Juventus boss has done so with all the limitations that he had to endure for now, which is a great nod to his immense quality. While we did suffer some damning blows like the FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough, the Carabao Cup defeat against Chelsea, and the surprise UEFA Europa Conference League exit in the group stages due to arguably no fault of our own, no one can say that the team has not improved compared to the days under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Antonio Conte has uplifted Spurs in a short time. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Antonio Conte has uplifted Spurs in a short time. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The players have started to gel together and perform as a team in recent times, even though our form has been inconsistent at times. However, the setbacks were also arguably down to the lack of quality and depth in several positions such as at striker, central midfield and centre-back.

We can certainly improve even further, but it is clear that the team needs to be uplifted with quality signings. The board must back Conte moving forward if there are ambitions to challenge for silverware and this summer would be a telling window for the club.

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After all, he has proven his worth at all his previous clubs, and we have to support him the same way they have done to finally achieve the success that has eluded us for a long time. Lloris, who recently signed a new contract until the summer of 2024, is correct in his assessment of Conte.

The Frenchman has been our first-choice between the sticks for a decade now and would hope that Conte can land him his first trophy with the club before he leaves or hangs his boots.

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