Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris insists manager Nuno needs time to get his methods across.
Nuno was recommended by new managing director Fabio Paratici, who assumed control of all football decisions over the summer and oversaw an overhaul of the squad, including the departures of several senior players and five new signings, only one of whom has experience in English football.
Lloris called for unity as Spurs begin a “new era" but admitted the club have taken a backward step to rebuild.
“For any manager, it's not easy to change everything in one or two months — it's impossible," said Lloris on Friday. “But he's bringing his ideas and, step by step, he's building his relationship with the players.
“Clearly, we are starting [something new]. The idea is that it's a new process, a new era, with young players. It can't happen in just two or three months. We need time. We need confidence, we need to stick together — managers, the coaching staff, medical staff, players — and try to go in the same way.
“This is the important thing, to try to make sure everyone is going in the same way. I think we will have a better view [of where we are] in a few months.
“When I see the club going for young, talented players, they're here for many years. They need to adapt to new football, the Premier League, new language, new culture, but at the same time, the ambition is still here. Maybe they don't look at it right now, but maybe [they are looking at it] the next seasons.
“Sometimes it's better to drop one step to come back stronger. That's probably my feeling today. It doesn't mean we're not ambitious, it's just a process.
“As a team, you need to build something and then arrive at a certain maturity to compete with the best. At the moment, we're in a process."
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