Lucas Moura admits injury-hit Spurs cannot keep ‘crying’ about their lack of strikers with Brazilian insisting that all teams have their own injury concerns
- Spurs fielded a team missing their strongest players in the RB Leipzig defeat
- Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are out for lengthy spells with serious injuries
- Tottenham attacker Lucas Moura says his side cannot cry about the losses
Lucas Moura admits Tottenham cannot keep ‘crying’ about their lack of strikers, insisting every team has similar problems to overcome.
Spurs have lost both Harry Kane (hamstring) and Son Heung-min (broken arm) to serious injury in recent months, leaving them without a senior centre forward for most of the final weeks of the season.
Lucas and Dele Alli were deployed furthest forward in this week’s Champions League defeat by RB Leipzig. Jose Mourinho branded their plight ‘unfair’, compared it to going ‘to fight with a gun without bullets’ and claimed earlier this week that Spurs were left with broken hearts and a broken team.
Tottenham attacker Lucas Moura said his team cannot keep ‘crying’ over their injury problems
Spurs fell to a 1-0 defeat by RB Leipzig in the Champions League without some key players
But Lucas insists they cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves.
‘We have very good players that can score as well. We lose two big strikers but we cannot cry,’ he said. That’s the game. Every team has problems such as this… I will give my best (to score).’
Spurs now face an uphill battle to keep their Champions League dream alive, after Timo Werner’s penalty handed Leipzig a deserved win in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
‘We can turn it around, the game is not over,’ Lucas said. ‘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 to go there and qualify.’
Jose Mourinho’s side are without Son Heung-min (L) and Harry Kane (R) for a lengthy spell
The Brazilian said his team won’t give up heading into the second leg in three weeks’ time
He added: ‘We know that in football everything can happen and we will not give up. We need to believe and that’s what I do every time. I believe in God. I believe in myself. I believe in my team mates.’
First, though, Mourinho’s side face a crucial trip to his former side Chelsea on Saturday.
Spurs have closed the gap on fourth place to just one point and victory at Stamford Bridge would see them leapfrog Frank Lampard’s side in the race for Champions League qualification.
‘It’s a big opportunity,’ Lucas added. ‘One we want to take… I believe in my teammates. Let’s go there and win this game.’
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