May 8, 2021

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‘It’s a disgrace’ – Lloris says Tottenham’s form ‘reflects what’s going on inside the club’ after Europa League exit

The French goalkeeper expressed frustration after Spurs were sent off from Europe by Dinamo Zagreb

Hugo Lloris said Tottenham’s poor form “reflects what is happening inside the club” after their shocking exit from the Europa League on Thursday, while calling their latest posting a “shame”.

Spurs have crashed from continental competition after losing the second leg of their last 16 games to Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 in overtime. They entered the match with two goals in total, fully expecting to advance to the quarter-finals.

Following Tottenham’s collapse at Maksimir Stadium, Lloris admitted that internal issues were negatively affecting the team’s performance and overall morale.

What was said?

“It’s just a shame. I hope everyone in the dressing room feels responsible,” said the Tottenham goalkeeper. BT Sport.

“The squad at the moment just reflects what’s going on inside the club.

“We lack the basics, the fundamentals. All the performances are just related to that.

“The way we play just isn’t enough. We’ve had a great time in the past because we could trust the unity in the team.

“Today, I’m not sure.”

Tottenham’s turbulent 2020-21 campaign

Discussions of a potential Premier League title tilt began to develop after Spurs’ start to the season, which saw them reach the top of the table in November.

Tottenham scored as they beat Manchester City 2-0 at home, but a dramatic drop in fortunes was expected to follow over the holiday season.

Mourinho’s men, just one of their next six top games, and an impressive 3-0 win over Leeds United in their first game after the New Year has turned out to be a false dawn.

Spurs lost five of their next eight games, including six big clashes against Liverpool, Chelsea and City, slipping Champions League places in the process.

The Lilywhites also left the FA Cup during this time, and although Mourinho later oversaw a mini-revival in the form of a five-game winning run across all competitions, Sunday’s derby loss to Arsenal did brought the team back to earth.

Dinamo have compounded Tottenham’s misery in Europe to leave the squad with only the Carabao Cup to play, but they will be the main losers against City at Wembley in the final on April 25.

The big picture

Mourinho’s position in the Spurs dugout has been called into question amid his squad’s erratic form, suggesting that Portugal’s defensive tactics are holding back several key players.

He got a three-and-a-half-year contract when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino on the hot record in November 2019, but the pressure mounts with every game that passes and another poor result against Aston Villa on Sunday could be the final straw.

Mourinho was brought in to end Tottenham’s 13-year silverware drought, but they are now in real danger of another trophy-less season and another year without Champions League football.

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