Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura has surely experienced a rankling start to the new Premier League campaign after three games.
The Spurs winger, who joined from Paris Saint-Germain in January, was crowned man of the match for his terrific brace in the 3-0 victory over Manchester United on Monday night who has now scored three goals in as many games this season.
But following the game, the 26-year-old now has slammed his former manager and current Arsenal boss Unai Emery claiming that he endured the worst period of his career under the Spaniard manager.
Emery and Moura beforehand worked at French Champions PSG for a long time. The Spurs winger flourished in his first term under the Spaniard manager but battled in his second term when PSG splashed money on star signings Mbappe and Neymar.
Moura showed up only six times, each as a substitute, in all rivalries from August to January, having scored more than 19 goals while helping in 10 out of 53 matches previously for PSG. Now according to the Brazilian born player that seven months at the French capital was his one of the hardest periods of life.
Moura told ESPN Brazil, “It was very hard, the worst seven months of my life. I came from a very good season, I was second top scorer of the team, only behind Cavani.
“The following season, I wasn’t even called up. I used to go to practice, I wasn’t even in the game. I used to go back home.
“Anyway, it was very difficult. But I kept working hard, strong. And God gave me the best gift of life, my son.”
Following the lack of game time, Moura chose to abandon the French ship and last January made a move to Tottenham for just £25m. At first, the Brazilian attacker likewise found it hard to cut into the starting squad of Spurs as Pochettino, for the most part, utilized Moura as a substitute only.
But in this new campaign with their star forward Heung Min Son currently serving national duty at Asian games, the Argentine manager kept faith on Moura and has given him three starts in the same match, where the attacker absolutely impressed.
Moura now has conceded that at beginning certainly, it was difficult to make a starting place at Spurs but right now he has adjusted well into the English football and thinks he is developing into a more adjusted player under Pochettino.
He added: “We only have a clue when we’re watching. When I started playing here I saw that it really is very competitive, very dynamic. Work here is very hard.
“I have grown a lot in this physical part, added that in my game. The game is here and there. In France, it’s a little more physical strength, not as intense as here. This is doing me very well, it is improving my game. I’ve grown a lot, evolving a lot.
“Everyone told me that my football is similar to the Premier League, that here I would get along very well. I’ve been through it. But it’s just the beginning.”
Spurs have registered three wins out of three and will next face Watford on Sunday who also are yet to drop a point.
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