Lucas Moura has hailed the impact of new Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)
Tottenham have made a perfect start to life under their new manager having recorded a first win away from home in the league at West Ham on Saturday and progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League following a rousing comeback against Olympiacos last night.
The Greek side stunned their hosts by racing into a two-goal advantage before a Harry Kane brace and further goals from Dele Alli and Serge Aurier ensured Mourinho became the first manager to reach the knockout stages with three English clubs.
Lucas played a pivotal role in Tottenham’s run to the final last season, scoring a hat-trick in the remarkable second leg win over Ajax, but reportedly fell out with Pochettino after he was dropped to the bench for the final against Liverpool.
The 27-year-old, who was coveted by Mourinho during his time in charge of Real Madrid, deputised for Harry Kane last season when the England captain was out nursing an ankle injury but believes he was unable to produce his best form playing in that position.
‘Everyone knows I am not a No9, it is not my best position,’ said Lucas. ‘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.
‘Now I feel very good in this position. I always played in this position, I feel good and I am happy.
‘When I was at Sao Paulo I had a conversation with him [about joining Madrid], not me but my agent and parents. In the last moment PSG went in and I decided to go to Paris.
‘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.’