Hugo Lloris admitted that the Tottenham players are disappointed at their unbeaten run in the Premier League coming to an end on Saturday and called on his teammates to respond by stringing a run of results together.
The first half of the North London derby went just as expected, with the home side dominating possession and Spurs looking dangerous on the counter-attack.
However, the Gunners started the second half strongly and retook the lead after Bukayo Saka’s shot was parried by Lloris and fell kindly to Gabriel Jesus, who tapped the ball into an empty net.
Any hope of a Tottenham comeback was ended on 62 minutes when Emerson Royal got his marching orders for a dangerous studs-up tackle on Gabriel Martinelli, with Mikel Arteta’s men ending up 3-1 winners.
The Lilywhites do not have much time to dwell on the loss, with an important Champions League clash against Eintracht Frankfurt coming up on Tuesday.
Lloris stressed the need for the team to respond in the right manner to the disappointing loss on Saturday.
The Tottenham captain said after the 3-1 loss (via The Mirror): “The taste of the defeat is something we don’t want to feel again. Every defeat is painful and if we want to continue to grow as a team then we have to take this feeling and change it as possible.
“As soon as you lose one game, you have to bounce back as a team and make a run of good results to change this feeling.
“We have to be focused to the next game which is huge to the Champions League qualification to the next round to the knock-out stage and then Brighton.
“We have to respond in the best way because the best answer we can give is to win the next few games.
“But even when we were getting good results we were the first to say, as players and manager, that there was a gap to improve and we are still looking for improvements.
“This season is very long, it’s a marathon and when you face an opponent like Arsenal then it’s important if you can’t win then you must not lose the game and unfortunately we couldn’t do that.
“But there’s still plenty of games ahead of us, it’s always disappointing for the players, for the fans obviously, because these games mean a lot. But now we must respond by putting a lot of energy and focus and we must get a good run of good results.”
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One good part about having such a busy schedule over the next month is the fact that the Tottenham players do not have time to dwell on Saturday’s defeat. A win in Germany on Tuesday should help restore the player’s confidence ahead of a tough run of fixtures over the next few weeks.
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