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2015 08 01 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura on PSG team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic] He treats everyone really well, but he has a profile that everyone knows about. He says what he thinks - if he does not like someone he lets them know. He is not trying to be popular. On the field, he has that explosive behaviour. He complains, insults and all of that, but I think it’s almost normal for a striker
2015 08 08 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura on his beard] My girlfriend likes the beard. Now and again it’s good to please her. Plus it makes me feel mature – people believe I’m older now!
2019 07 13 Retrieve
[Tottenham forward Lucas Moura says he thinks Virgil van Dijk was one of the top three players in the world last season] Dude, now this question there I don’t know if it’s true. They say he hasn’t been dribbled past since … whatever. If the guy is past him, it’s already a dribble. I don’t know, but the guys must have gone past him now. I know I scored a goal against Liverpool, we lost, but I scored against Liverpool and he was left behind. But he’s great. He is.
[26-year-old Moura was the hero of Spurs’ stunning Champions League semi-final comeback against Ajax, scoring a hat-trick in Amsterdam, but had to settle for a place on the bench in the final against Van Dijk and Liverpool. He came on as a second-half substitute for midfielder Harry Winks but was unable to turn the tide as Van Dijk’s man-of-the-match performance helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to their sixth European title] Hey, the guy’s good. He’s two metres tall, strong, and the Liverpool team is a very good fit, with a lot of chemistry. So he had an excellent season. He was elected the best in the Premier League, I think. In the world … there are a lot of people there. But for the season, I think he’s among the top three. Among the top three!
[Moura admitted to being upset at having to start on the bench, but it was nothing compared to the pain of defeat] Of course I got upset. I wish I had started. But I got so much more upset that we lost. We really believed that we could be champions. And man, it was difficult. I cried a lot after the game. Because it was so close, so close
2019 07 20 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura has ‘no problem’ with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino despite being dropped for a Champions League final clash with Liverpool] It was difficult because every player wants to play. But even more difficult was to lose the game because I really think we could do better - we could win this trophy. We had the quality for this, so it was the most difficult. I need to respect the decision of the coach, respect my team-mates, so no problem. I’m looking forward now to next season and win a trophy - that’s my objective here.
[Lucas is determined to help the club get back on the trophy trail] I think it’s a new era for us. We’ve got more confidence. I think we are on another level now, with the Champions League final, with the new stadium. I think people believe more in us now, and it’s time to confirm this. Confirm that we are a big team, a big club and we have a great squad. It’s time to dream with a trophy - that is our objective now. We will do our best for this
2019 07 21 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura expects Leonardo to do right by Paris Saint-Germain amid the uncertainty surrounding the future of Neymar] It’s amazing. He is a friend who helped me a lot. He is an incredible person; he is very smart. I am sure he will do good things for the club
[On Neymar] I don’t know, it’s difficult. He is a great player. I’m sure PSG want to keep Neymar. But I don’t know what will happen. We will see in the next days
[Lucas was speaking after Tottenham beat Juventus 3-2 in an International Champions Cup meeting in Singapore] It was a very difficult game, with the heat. But I am very happy. We played very well, we worked very well. It’s important to start like that, with a success against a great team. We have to keep going. I’m very happy
[Lucas reserved praise for Tanguy Ndombele, who marked his first appearance for the club with an assist for the Brazilian’s goal] He is a great player. He will help us a lot. I am happy for him. He is a young player with a great [football] culture. It’s a good thing to have him with us in Tottenham.
2019 08 01 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura says Tottenham’s Audi Cup win over Bayern Munich will set the team up well for the season ahead] I am very happy for this because it was two hard days and two hard games. I am very, very happy to get my first trophy with Tottenham. It is always my objective to get trophies and to be champions, and I hope to get a lot more. We will work hard this season to get more trophies. It is very important to work hard in the pre-season. Games like this get us ready for the season because the season will be very hard. I think we are doing a good job and we are almost ready for the season
That is very important for us. They have a lot of quality and personality. I am sure that they have a great future with the club
2019 08 09 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura has extended his Tottenham contract through to 2024] I am so happy here. I feel very comfortable here. Everyone is amazing, the fans, the club and I am so thankful for everything that the club gave me. Now I just need to give my best like I do always and show everyone that I love to play football and I want to bring a lot more for this club. My objective is always to be better and make the fans happy. To play football you need to feel comfortable, you need to be free, to have nice team-mates and I have this here. I feel really like a family here. My team-mates are fantastic since my first day here. I hope to stay here a long time
[Lucas also spoke about the upcoming season, which will bring big expectations for Spurs after the summer additions of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon] For this season I feel good things. I feel we are better now, we are stronger. I think we can get a trophy, we have the quality for this. I am really excited to play because I feel that we will be happy this season
2019 08 17 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura was left to celebrate salvaging a point for Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium, but he was also prepared to admit that fortune had favoured Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The Brazil international nodded home a leveller for Spurs within seconds of stepping off the bench, but said of the chaotic scenes in the closing stages] It was crazy [when the City goal was ruled out]. It was the last minute and I thought it was finished when it went in. Only VAR can see - and thank you for it. I thought we played very well. It’s a good result for us because we know how difficult it is to play here. We need to play with this spirit
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura has admitted that his role as a super-sub can be frustrating but that he respects the decisions of manager Mauricio Pochettino] He didn’t speak with me, he didn’t explain anything, but it’s normal. To be honest, in the hotel, when he gave the starting XI, I was a little bit sad. Of course, I would like to play but the most important thing is to win the game. Of course I was sad inside. I want to play. But I know how to understand. I know how to respect, and I know how difficult it is for him to choose 11 players. So that’s football. When I am on the bench, I always think of coming on and doing my best, but I want to play. I want to be in the starting XI
[Moura’s team held on for a 2-2 draw with the Premier League champions, a result he says gives the team belief] It will be so difficult, they are favourites but I think in football everything is possible – there is no invincible team. Everything can happen, and we need to believe that. We went to City and got a good result. We cannot lose stupid points at home as we did last season. My objective, and our objective, is to win a trophy. We have a very good squad, an amazing structure, a lot of fans and we can dream of a trophy. I think it is possible and we will try
2019 08 27 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura insists Tottenham are stronger than last season and are ready to prove it by winning at Arsenal in the Premier League for the first time since 2010 on Sunday] Is this the perfect game for us to have after the Newcastle defeat? Yes. We need to look forward now. There are a lot of hard games to come. We lost against Newcastle but I am sure we have the quality to go to Arsenal and come back with three points. That’s what we must try to do. Each game is different. This is a new season and we have new players. I think we are stronger now [than in previous years]. I am sure we can go anywhere and win games. For sure it was a very bad result against Newcastle. We tried but it was very difficult to play against them, especially as they kept everyone behind the ball after they scored
[Added to the intense derby atmosphere, Moura is relishing the prospect of doing battle with close friend and Arsenal new-boy David Luiz, who was a team-mate of his during their time at Paris Saint-Germain] David is a very experienced player and knows how to go through this situation [after being blamed for Liverpool defeat]. He will be stronger very soon. I am happy for him because it was a good transfer for him to make. I am also happy because he is closer to me now. He can come visit me at my home easier because when he was at Chelsea, he was so far away! But on Sunday he will be my opponent, I will work and do the best for my team to get three points. On the pitch [our relationship] is different. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, I need to do my best and try to win
2019 11 27 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura has hailed Jose Mourinho as a champion] I am happy he likes me and he said it, it is very important to me to have this confidence from the coach and I hope to help him, help the team. I will always give my best and I am happy for the opportunity he has given me. I think everyone knows him. I don’t need to speak about him because he is a winner, a champion. He has a lot of trophies and I am sure he has much to bring for us and to add to our team, our club.
Every player wants to play, it doesn’t matter the position. But everyone knows I am not a No.9, it is not my best position. When Pochettino put me there I always gave my best because for me the most important thing is the team but each coach has one opinion, a different mind. Now I feel very good in this position (as a wide player). I always played in this position, I feel good and I am happy
Yeah, it is true when I was at Sao Paulo I had a conversation with him, not me but my agent and parents. In the last moment PSG went in and I decided to go to Paris. I have never worked with him. I am getting to know him now but, in the beginning, it is very, very good, everyone is happy, everyone is optimistic and step by step we are getting to know him and putting his philosophy [in to practice].
I am happy to win two games, let’s keep working and look forward. Everyone is optimistic with him and we believe in his job. I think it is too early to speak about change but I think you can see a few changes he has made about positions, some players. Step by step we put his philosophy [in to practice], his way to play and I think he has a lot of things to bring to our team
2019 12 04 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura says Jose Mourinho is an iconic manager whose winning mindset will ensure Tottenham soon ends its long trophy drought] I really believe that, very much. We need to continue the work that has been done over the past five years, and now with the special touch of a coach who knows the way of titles like no one else. It has everything to happen. Mourinho is undoubtedly one of the most iconic coaches with whom I have worked given all he has achieved and for his history. He is among the best coaches in the world. It is a great pleasure to work with him. We have the structure, squad, great players and a great coach. To crown it all with a title, we simply need to believe and know that we also have the same ability as they (Manchester City and Liverpool) have. You need to add this winning mindset
[As a result, the former Paris Saint-Germain forward believes he can become a better player under his tutelage] I will try to absorb as much as I can, I can learn a lot from him. He brings tremendous confidence to the group, as he has achieved so many things in his career. His is has a name marked in the history of football. I have many goals yet, I can contribute a lot. I really want to win a title for Tottenham. And I really believe in that, especially because of our structure, our squad and now with a coach who has won titles wherever he went
2019 12 14 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura believes Tottenham can claim a long-awaited trophy with Jose Mourinho at the helm] Everyone is excited to work with him. Of course he’s a big name, a big impact for everyone. Everyone knows his career, how good he is, because he has won trophies at every club where he has worked. Now it’s a big opportunity for us to learn from him and we have everything we need - a very good coach who has a lot of experience and a lot to bring. I really believe we can win a trophy now. Each coach has a different mentality. He always talks to us, he tries to put in our mentality that we are strong, that we are a big club, that we are winners. He tries to put this mentality in us and then afterwards, tactically, step by step, his philosophy. But especially he wants to put this mentality - a strong mentality, winners - in us and that we can win
That’s the game we need to have as a reference. It was the best game with him. From the first minute to the last we were aggressive, we didn’t let Burnley play and that’s the spirit we need to keep. We need to do it every game and if we do it - this aggressiveness, this concentration - then with our quality we can go very far. That’s what we want to see. We have a lot of things to improve but this aggression and this intensity is what we need to show every game
2019 12 17 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura was ‘very close’ to Man Utd move before snubbing Sir Alex Ferguson to join PSG] I was very close to signing with Manchester United. It was still at the time of Ferguson. I ended up choosing PSG, I spent five fantastic years there, I won a lot, learned a lot. I do not regret it. Despite the hard times, the bad times, I don’t regret it because I grew a lot, I learned a lot. Now I’m here in the Premier League, and it’s a new hope
Mourinho arrived, was more relaxed, he spoke of the time of Sao Paulo, which he talked to my parents when he was at Real Madrid. It was more relaxed. He always asks how I am. It’s very cool, I always have this openness with him to talk. Even because of the language, it makes it a lot easier
2020 02 21 Retrieve
[Moura backs injury-hit Tottenham to make Champions League comeback] We can turn it around, the game is not over. It is a result we did not want. We did well with the system we chose to play. We had opportunities to score. We lost the game but it’s not over. We will prepare well and I am sure we are capable of going there and qualifying. We have very good players that can score as well. We lose two big strikers but we cannot cry. That’s the game
Yeah, of course. We are still in it. Of course we wanted a better result but we know we have the quality to win everywhere we want, everywhere we play. We proved last season we can score everywhere. Of course we will need some luck but it’s only the first half, second half to come
2020 03 11 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura has struggled to put his finger on the reason why Tottenham were beaten so comfortably by RB Leipzig in the Champions League] What happened last season showed we are a very good team, a very good club, that we have great players. But now is a new season and a new moment. I cannot tell you what happened if it is about mentality, about confidence, but we know that something is missing. I don’t think there is a lack of confidence. We know that we have good players, we have a good squad and we can do better. It is just football. Sometimes you can try everything you play well, you don’t win. It is just something that is missing. We will find the winning way again. We need to keep fighting and working
We have two important games at home now and we need to win, that is it. Every season it is our objective to get into the Champions League. We know we need to be better. The last few results were not good and we have to improve our game. It’s true it’s a very difficult moment for us. But the only way that we have is to keep fighting, keep believing. Now we have only the Premier League and we need to be in a better position. Our objective is the top four, the Champions League next season. I believe that it’s possible. We will try
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura hopes Harry Kane stays at Tottenham] It’s hard to speak about the future, about a negotiation because it’s a personal decision. I’m sure that every season Tottenham receive offers for Harry Kane. It’s not me who has to decide, but of course I want to play with him in the next season. I want to stay with him because he’s very important for us and it’s not easy to find a player like him. Everyone knows he’s a big player. He’s very important for us, he’s our striker and scores almost every game. I’m sure that [Jose] Mourinho wants to keep him. He counts on him for the rest of the season as well as for the next one
[It remains to be seen when and if the campaign will resume and Lucas is unsure if it will be safe to play, even behind closed doors] I don’t know, to be honest, if it is safe because maybe I have the virus without having symptoms. Then I can touch a team-mate or a rival [and] spread it and we don’t know. I’m not sure what is best to do. If it’s to play or not to play, play with fans or without, it’s a hard situation to decide. I’m not sure it’s safe to play even without fans
2020 06 02 Retrieve
[Lucas Moura says Harry Kane’s influence has helped him become a better player] For me, Harry Kane is already a legend of the Premier League in England. For me, his quality to score goals is unbelievable, with right and left foot. He’s so strong. He shoots very, very strong. He’s very competitive and he wants to win every training session, every game and it’s pushed me a lot to be a better player, to improve my game. If I don’t give my best, it will affect him and he’ll complain about this, so it makes me a better player for Spurs