Hugo Lloris did not mince his words after Tottenham Hotspur were eliminated from the Europa League at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb yesterday evening.
Spurs were overwhelming favourites to go through to the quarter-final after taking a two-goal advantage to Croatia.
However, Jose Mourinho’s men never got started with the hosts growing in confidence as the game went on.
The Tottenham boss tried to change the dynamic of the match by making some attacking changes in the second half but it was the home side who struck first to bring themselves back into tie.
They hosts scored a late equaliser to push the game into extra time and it was only after Dinamo had scored a third goal that put them ahead in the tie that the North Londoners showed some attacking intent.
Tottenham’s season now looks in danger of petering out on the back of the embarrassing defeat last night, with the North Londoners a long way off the top four spots in the Premier League.
Lloris labelled the performance a ‘disgrace’ and insisted that Spurs deserved what they got for the attitude they showed at the Maksimir Stadium.
The Tottenham captain told BT Sport in the post-match interview: “I think we are all more than just disappointed. It’s just a disgrace. I just hope everyone in the training room feels responsible of the situation, because it’s a disgrace.
“What more can I say about it? After Sunday’s match [the north London Derby vs. Arsenal]… the taste of defeat tonight is more than painful and we are all responsible for it.
“We are a club that is full of ambition but I just think the team at the moment is just a reflection of what’s going on in the club. We have a lack of basics, a lack of fundamentals, and our performances are in relation of that. Mentally we should be stronger, we should be more competitive. Today I didn’t feel that on the field.
“At this level when you’re not ready I’ve discovered you pay straight away. It doesn’t matter the opponent, there’s quality in Europe all over and if you don’t respect the opponent you can get punished and that’s what happened today.”
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Lloris’ comments about the team being a reflection of what is going on at the club is rather worrying as it hints of a much bigger problem behind the scenes. Now that we are out of the Europa League and have very little chance of finishing top four, it is increasingly starting to look like Jose’s time at the club is likely to be over soon unless we beat City in the Carabao Cup final.
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