Lo Celso reveals what squad was like after Dinamo Zagreb defeat – ‘Hurt everyone’

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Giovani Lo Celso has insisted that he and his Tottenham teammates are ready to fight until the end to finish in the Premier League top four.

Tottenham registered a resounding 4-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday to move into fifth place in the Premier League table.

Spurs still have a mountain to climb in order to secure Champions League qualification, with the Lilywhites sitting five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. However, Lo Celso insisted that the players are not ready to give up the fight just yet.

He told The Guardian: “We know that other windows can open up for us in terms of European competition but obviously the main aim is to get into the Champions League.

“We all know as players and as a club that the main aim of Spurs is to get into the Champions League. While we still have a chance of that, we will be fighting.

“These last games … it’s almost like an apprenticeship. It’s a process of trying to get through them.

“We’ll learn from them and it will stand us in good stead for the future.”

A failure to finish in the top four would make this season an extremely disappointing one for Spurs, who are set to finish their 13th straight campaign without a trophy after being beaten 1-0 by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final last week.

The North Londoners were dumped out of the Europa League in embarrassing fashion by Dinamo Zagreb back in March, a result after which the writing seemed to be on the wall for Jose Mourinho.

Lo Celso admitted that the team’s morale took a massive blow in Zagreb that evening. He said: “That was my first game back after my injury.

“Losing the way we did hurt everyone a lot, it was a big, big disappointment. It is true to say that it did affect us.”

When asked about why things failed to work under Mourinho, the Argentine said: “What I can assure you is that the group as a whole have given our very best at all times. You can’t ask for more than that.

“Mourinho tried to put over his ideas to the team in the best way he could, he did his best for the club and we did our best in trying to do what he asked of us.

“Unfortunately the results did not turn out in certain games and it ended up how it did.”

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