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Spurs star ready for the challenges ahead

THEATRE OF DREAMS: Lucas Moura after a goal at Old Trafford as Spurs comprehensively be at Man United in August

LUCAS MOURA'S influence at Tottenham cannot be underestimated. The 26-year-old arrived in north London from Paris Saint-Germain in January, and even in that relatively short time the Brazilian has become a vital component in the Spurs side. Moura was voted the Premier League player on the month for August, to become only the fourth Brazilian to win the award following Juninho Paulista, Edu and David Luiz. The midfielder was delighted to have his efforts recognised.

“What a month, I’m so happy worked hard a lot for the moment. The feeling is impossible to explain I need to enjoy it but also to keep working because I believe I have much more to give and I’m sure we will have much more to give and I’m sure we will have a successful season.

Moura spent five years at Paris Saint-Germain, and despite success and some good performances in that time, he found his opportunities limited over the final few months in France, under the then head coach Unai Emery who now sits in charge at bitter north London rivals Arsenal. In a PSG side brimming with the talents of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Moura was ready for pastures anew.

“The last seven months in Paris was so difficult and then the six months here in a new life, to get to know people and to learn a new language. It has been tough. But after the summer holidays, I think I am ready to help the team and show my quality. It was good to relax and come back stronger.

“I think it was very important for me to do the whole pre-seaon with the team. I’m so happy that everyone was so good to me from the first day. When you are happy everything is easier. Naturally things will come together.”

The Sao Paulo born midfielder has enjoyed more of an advanced role closer to Harry Kane, and Spurs reaped the rewards of that switch with last month’s win at Old Trafford where Moura bagged a brace for a 3-0 win over Manchester United in what Moura described as “the toughest league in the world."

"It was a big moment for me and of course against Manchester United, it was even more special because it’s not easy to play at Old Trafford against United. I scored two goals and we won. For me the Premier League is the toughest league in the world and to win a trophy like this, to be player of the month, it’s not easy. It was a great month for me and also for the team."

The £25m capture believes that this is just the start of his ambitions.“ I want to deliver much more and make history here. I believe we can do our best to get a trophy this season because I think we deserve that. “I had the opportunity to play and I needed to show that I have the capacity to play and to help my team-mates.”

Spurs switch their attention to the Champions League on Wednesday when Barcelona arrive at Wembley in an intriguing Group B clash. Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven are also in the group, but Moura believes that under manager Mauricio Pochettinno, the Spurs’ ambitions must be high, both in the Premier League and the Champions League.

"This is a big club with a big structure. We have great players and we need to believe.Before I was here, Spurs beat Real Madrid, and Madrid then went on to become the champions. So why can’t we beat Barcelona or Inter?

“It’s a good group. I think it is a good way to start the Champions League campaign. It’s a good test for us, so let’s go, let’s work and see what happens.

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