Hugo Llorisstill feels bitter after last season’s title-race capitulation.
His Tottenham side were chasing eventual champions Leicester until the last month of the campaign.
But a 1-1 at home to West Brom, a draw from 2-0 up at halftime at Chelsea, a loss to visitors Southampton and then a 5-1 hammering on the final day against already-down Newcastle in the final four matches saw any hope of a first top-flight triumph for more than 50 years vanish.
And goalkeeper and captain Lloris has not forgotten.
“The taste of the last few games of last season is still here,” said the 30-year-old France skipper. “It was such a bad feeling to finish with those defeats.
“But that is part of the process. We are still a young team and we are getting experience in this Premier League.”
Lloris clearly has faith in the squad assembled by manager Mauricio Pochettino. And he spoke about the reasons behind his decision to sign a new long-term contract at White Hart Lane just before Christmas.
He joined top stars Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen in committing his future to Spurs and he explained just why.
“The major factor behind my decision was my belief in the team and in my manager,” said Lloris. “That is very important. I have huge faith in Mauricio Pochettino. He has brought a lot to the club and to all the players.
“I also have a good relationship with all the people involved with the club – with the fans and the chairman Daniel Levy. I feel good and the new contract shows my commitment to Spurs.”
Tottenham have one of their trickiest away fixtures during the festive season out of the way – a resounding 4-1 win at Southampton last Wednesday, where they had to show resilience to come back from conceding an early goal.
“It is never easy to play after the other (title-chasing) teams,” said Lloris. “ They all won their games and that puts pressure on you. We started the game in the worst way, but then had a great reaction.
“It is a good message to send to the other teams.”
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Now comes another away day — a lunchtime kick-off against an unpredictable Watford on New Year’s Day.
“It is a dangerous place to go, we know that,” said Lloris, recalling the manner of Spurs’ late winner at Vicarage Road last season.
“It was a tough game, and we expect the same this time. Now it is important to keep this winning way and be ready together as a team. It is going to be another big battle.”
He also acknowledged that the scenario involving the top-six teams makes it vital for Spurs to keep pace and not allow a significant gap to develop.
And qualification for the Champions League is within reach.
“All the points are important, especially this year,” he added. “It is so tight. We need to keep going until the end because I am sure we will get the chance to finish in the top four.”