World Cup winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is looking to bring “positive energy” to Tottenham this season and believes that his English and Belgian team-mates will be even hungrier for success following their near misses in Russia.
While Lloris was key for the France in their run to the World Cup title, keeping a clean sheet against Belgium in the semi-final before coming up with a number of top saves as his side ran out 4-2 winners over Croatia in the final, several of his team-mates came up just short of the main goal in Russia.
Spurs stars Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele all played a part for the Belgium side France topped in the last four, while club mate Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane were beaten semi-finalists for England.
And Lloris believes that having so many players who narrowly missed out on the top prize in the game will bring a new hunger to Tottenham.
“I’m really pleased to be part of the winning team at the World Cup,” he said when asked how the experience of winning the title could be of benefit to Spurs.
“But you could say the England and Belgium players have got back with more hunger because they were so close to the final and the most important trophy of their careers.
“All together, we must put the right mentality, the experience that we shared in the last few seasons.”
And despite hoisting the World Cup this summer Lloris, having been hailed as a “changed man” by manager Mauricio Pochettino, is hoping to bring the right right mentality back to Spurs as he looks to add more trophies to his cabinet.
“I just try to be as good as I can,” he said. “It’s true winning the World Cup brought a lot of positive energy and a lot of energy for the future to keep the same mentality, keep working hard, keep leading the team and I was really happy to be back with the team.
“It’s a good feeling, especially after the win.”
Tottenham opened the season with a 2-1 win over Newcastle and are back in action next Saturday against newly promoted Fulham.