Lloris: Champions League Lessons Learned

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Dom Le Roy

Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris has opened up on Tottenham’s disappointing European campaign last season and claims the team have learned from their mistakes.

After defeat at the Stade Louis II and playing home games at Wembley, Spurs were eliminated from the group stage after losing both opening games in London against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.

Spurs also then immediately crashed out of the Europa League, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Gent, following a 2-2 draw with the Belgian outfit at the national stadium, a result which meant Tottenham only won once in 4 European fixtures at Wembley.

When reflecting on Tottenham’s 2016-17 season, Spurs no. 1 Hugo Lloris expressed his regret over the early elimination from the Champions League. He told Tottenham’s official website:

“The only disappointment was the Champions League.”

“That was a strange campaign. It wasn’t Tottenham, it wasn’t our identity and we can have some regrets.”

Lloris revealed that, at the time, he had concerns over how the team’s mentality would be effected by the letdown in Europe, but was pleased by the squad’s response.

“I did question how we might deal with that back in the Premier League,” He added. “because we fought all last season to get into the Champions League and as soon as you are there, you fail – and not just the results but the way we played.”

“The reaction of the team was fantastic, though, and step by step, we became stronger and stronger. That means we learned from our mistakes and that’s positive.”

Tottenham enjoyed a record breaking season during their final campaign at White Hart Lane, finishing in second place, unbeaten domestically at home, and with an incredible final points tally of 86.

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