Lloris hints at serious club problems after calling Tottenham’s exit from Europa League a ‘disgrace’
Posted On March 19, 2021
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris called Spurs’ superb elimination from the Europa League “shame” and hinted at deeper problems within the club following their 3-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
Spurs have remarkably withdrawn from the Europa League 3-2 on aggregate following Thursday’s loss to Croatian champions Dinamo after extra time in Zagreb.
The game dragged on with Mislav Orsic completing his memorable 106th-minute hat trick to clinch Dinamo’s triumph in the 16th, with Spurs never in control after winning the opener 2-0.
“We are all more than disappointed. It’s just a shame, ”Spurs goalkeeper Lloris told BT Sport.
“I hope everyone in the locker room feels responsible because it’s a shame. The taste of defeat tonight is more than painful. We are all responsible for it. “
In a notable interview, the 34-year-old France international added that the loss reflected other issues at the club, although he declined to give more details.
“I think the squad at the moment is a reflection of what is going on at the club,” said Lloris.
“We lack the basics and the fundamentals, all of our performances are related to that.
“Mentally we should be stronger, we should be more competitive. Today, I did not feel that on the field.
“When you’re not ready at that level, you pay right away. Regardless of the opposition, there is quality everywhere in Europe. All the credit belongs to the adversaries.
“They played the game full of conviction. the blame is on us, the whole team, the whole club. we are guilty. “
Asked further, he added: “I don’t need to go any further. It is not possible. The way we play is not enough.
“One thing is to stand on camera and say we’re ambitious. the other thing is to show it every day in training and every time on the pitch.
This is the third time that head coach Jose Mourinho has lost a game in European competition by a three-goal margin, including two with Spurs (also against RB Leipzig via the Champions League in March 2020) and another with Real Madrid (against Borussia Dortmund in April 2013).
Tottenham have failed to keep a clean sheet in 13 of their last 14 away matches in the Europa League, including conceding in all five such games under Mourinho.
Mourinho’s Tottenham will look to bounce back in the Premier League against Aston Villa on Sunday.