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Lucas Moura: “I had the worst seven months of my life with Unai Emery”

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura insists that he endured the worst seven months of his life under current Arsenal boss Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain

The Brazilian left PSG in January for Spurs and, after an initial struggle, he’s enjoyed a strong start to the new season by bagging three goals in as many games.

But things could not have been more different for Moura 18 months ago, when Emery first took charge of PSG in 2016.

Despite a good first season, Moura revealed that his second campaign under Emery was the worst he ever experienced.

“It was very hard, the worst seven months of my life,” he told ESPN Brazi, via the Daily Mirror.

“I came from a very good season, I was the 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.”

The 25-year-old struggled to get to grips with the demands of the Premier League.

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 will be looking to maintain their 100% start to the season in this Sunday’s game against Watford.