‘Not acceptable’ – Frenchman admits Spurs players want to put things right after Antwerp loss

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Moussa Sissoko has admitted that the Tottenham players were disappointed with their performance and result against Royal Antwerp last week and will be aiming to get back on track when they return to Europa League action with a clash against Ludogorets this evening.

Spurs sit second in the group with three points to their name and still have plenty of work to do to qualify for the knockout stages.

Jose Mourinho made no secret of what he thought about his players’ performance in Belgium last week and insisted in his press conference on Wednesday that the North Londoners will be at “full strength” for their trip to Bulgaria.

Speaking about the loss at Antwerp, Sissoko told Football.London: “We were all disappointed about the result when we played in Belgium. At the beginning of the competition, we said we would like to win a lot of games as soon as possible and qualify quick.

“Of course we started well in the first game at home against LASK. Last week we were disappointed because we did not play well and I think we did not show a good attitude on the pitch. That’s why we were all disappointed. This was not acceptable. Tomorrow is a good opportunity to show that we learned from that game.

“It’s going to be a tough opponent. They won the last league. It’s a good team with good players and we have to go there with good character and with a positive mind and hopefully win the game and come back with the three points.

“We can not come back with a defeat tomorrow otherwise it is going to be difficult for the rest of the competition. We have to go there and try to come back with the three points.”

The midfielder insisted that the players are taking it one game at a time and are not looking beyond the game against Ludogorets for the moment.

When asked about the difficulty of balancing their domestic and European ambitions, the Frenchman responded: “It is a lot of games since we started, we know that, but one thing that is good is that we have a good and strong squad so everyone can play and everyone has had an opportunity to play since the start of the season.

“Our main focus is to take it game after game. It’s not that one game is more important than the next one.

“We are all competitive and we want to go as far as possible. That is how big teams win trophies, to take it game after game and try to win each game.

“So we are focused on tomorrow and we have to make sure we win that one and then when we return we will think about Sunday.

“Step by step we will see where later we are in the season, but what we want is to go as far as possible and if we can win something it will be great.

There is no one game that is more important than another. Every game is important and everyone in the squad will be part of the game and ready if they have to play.”

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Based on what has been coming out of the Spurs camp over the last few days, it is clear that the players are keen to put things right after the poor showing against Antwerp. After Jose’s stinging criticism last week, one can hopefully expect us to start with much more intensity and take the game to Ludogorets.

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