Lloris: Spurs were ‘difficult to recognise’ in defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley
Captain Hugo Lloris says it was “difficult to recognise” Tottenham during last night’s Champions League defeat against Bayer Leverkusen – and he admits the Lilywhites “cannot be in a worse situation” in their group.
A Spurs side missing the injured Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld repeatedly gave the ball away in a dismal display as they lost 1-0 against their German visitors on Wednesday, and they have now lost both of their ‘home’ matches at Wembley Stadium in Europe’s elite club competition.
The Lilywhites have waited for five years and a half years to return to the Champions League after their run to the quarter-finals in 2010-11, but they have picked up just four points from their four games, leaving them third in Group E and in real danger of dropping into the Europa League in the new year.
“I’m very disappointed, very frustrated, maybe a bit upset too because it’s difficult to accept that kind of performance from us,” said Lloris. “It was difficult to recognise the team. [We are usually] very aggressive, very calm under pressure, and this was completely the opposite.
“We cannot depend only on one, two or three players that we are missing at the moment. We need to think as a team. In football there are ups and downs, but it is difficult because this game was very important and I didn’t feel we were really aware of that.
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“Leverkusen didn’t play a great game, they were just well organised and had some chances because of us, because we made too many mistakes.
“We failed and it was difficult to keep a balance on the pitch. At the moment we need to learn quickly because there is a big, big game on Sunday [away at Arsenal].”
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Tottenham visit group leaders Monaco in their next Champions League outing on November 22, and anything other than a win could seal their fate with a game still to play – against CSKA Moscow at Wembley on December 7.
“I think it’s very clear and very easy now – there are two more games and we need to win the next two games and that’s it,” said Lloris.
“I don’t want to think that we have already slipped out of this competition. There are still two games, six points, and we need to believe. It’s true that we cannot be in a worse situation now, but that’s football and sometimes you need to create a miracle.
“Before we think about the last game we need to think about Monaco, because it’s maybe our last chance to believe in the qualification.
“In football, you can win, you can lose, but the most important thing is the feeling that you show through the pitch, the attitude you show on the pitch. Today, to be honest, the feeling is very bad and it’s difficult to accept that performance. It was the same case against Monaco.
“But in general the team used to be consistent in terms of performance. We didn’t used to lose a lot, and hopefully that will help us to bounce back and to get the three points [against Arsenal on Sunday].
“It’s always important to play the derby. We just need to forget about the disappointment of this game. We will be back in a Premier League game in a great stadium with a good pitch. We need to enjoy that kind of moment and stay united.
“I don’t know what Arsenal expect but we play every game to win - the mentality is a winning mentality.
“It’s true that the last few games we haven’t won, and maybe we’ve lost a bit of confidence. But I hope that we are aware that that kind of game against Arsenal is a big, big opportunity for everyone to enjoy football, to share a great moment of football with the fans and try to make them proud of us.”
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