Lloris urges Tottenham supporters to create special Wembley atmosphere
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Spurs fans haven’t enjoyed visiting the national stadium of late, but they had some fantastic times there last season in the Champions League
Spurs captain Hugo Lloris believes the home supporters at Wembley Stadium can play a big part in Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg with Borussia Dortmund.
The Bundesliga leaders visit the capital to take on Tottenham Hotspur in one of the most eagerly-anticipated ties at this stage of the competition.
If Harry Kane and Dele Alli were fit, it would almost be too difficult to call, but the Black and Yellows are the favourites to reach the quarter-finals.
What would help Spurs is taking an advantage to the Westfalenstadion for the second leg on March 5.
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To do that, Lloris believes they need the Lilywhites faithful to be full of voice like they were in particular against Dortmund and Real Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League last season.
“They play fantastic football,” Spurs captain said of Wednesday’s opponents. “They have so many fantastic players and creative players.
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“I’m not surprised they’re top of the league in Germany. The manager (Lucien Favre) is a very good manager with a great idea of football. It’s going to be very, very difficult.
“We need to obviously improve the team performance and we need the stadium full and ready to push and to help us.
“In some days it’s difficult to deal with Wembley, but hopefully for this big game we’ll receive this help from the crowd.”
France’s World Cup winning-captain Lloris was clear in his message to the squad after Sunday’s win in the Premier League.
Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son netted for Tottenham in a 3-1 triumph over the Foxes, but it was a tricky afternoon for the hosts.
Lloris had to make a number of saves, including denying Jamie Vardy from the spot on the hour mark with the score only 1-0.
He again insisted a big improvement is required for Pochettino’s team to remain in the race for the title alongside Manchester City and Liverpool.
“In terms of performance, we have to do better if we want to dream of big achievements, but in terms of mentality and in terms of spirit you cannot ask for more,” Lloris said.
“For sure we’ll improve together the team performance and now we need to deal with a few more games and then hopefully the squad will be full again and ready to compete until the end.
“First of all we need to keep our place in the top four and then maybe more. We’ll see.”
Right now Tottenham turn their focus back to European football and the prospect of another memorable night under the lights.
It isn’t White Hart Lane, it still isn’t the club’s new 62,062-seater stadium, but Spurs have seen off the best at Wembley over the last 18 months.
To beat this Dortmund team, they will need to raise their level compared to recent wins and as Lloris points out they need the fans too.
If Wembley can be packed to the rafters, with the supporters in good voice, Spurs can dare to dream even without Kane and Alli.