Spurs star insists memorable Ajax tie is in the past ahead of RB Leipzig clash

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Hugo Lloris has urged his teammates to write a new chapter for the club in the Champions League ahead of the tough away trip to RB Leipzig this evening.

Tottenham have their work cut out in the second leg at the Red Bull Arena having suffered a 1-0 defeat by Julian Nagelsmann’s side in North London last month.

The Bundesliga club were dominant for large parts of the first leg but Lloris is confident that his team are more than capable of overturning the deficit.

When asked if the players can take confidence from their miraculous comeback against Ajax in last year’s semi-final, the Spurs number one told Sky Sports: “We have to take everything positive but I think it belongs to the past, we need to write new stories.

“We have to go there and be ready to make the perfect game, we have to go there to win the game. It is as simple as that.

“But the opponent is a very, very good team. I’m not surprised that they are fighting for the title in the Bundesliga.

“But we have to believe. The Champions League is a different competition. If you score one goal everything can change, the confidence can change so we must be ready for this fight.”

The Frenchman also revealed that the players weren’t happy with their first-half display at Turf Moor on Saturday and wanted a reaction after the interval.

He insisted that the morale in the squad remains high as they attempt to finish the season strongly.

Lloris added: “We were all angry with our (first-half) performance. We can talk for many hours but it’s our responsibility and we have to show more.

“We have to stay positive. In the second half we could have given up but we were still in the fight.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen for the rest of the season but we need to keep the faith and keep working.

“We can see players are fighting and giving their best. The confidence is not up there but we are working for that and we are working to finish the season as high as we can.”

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Now that a top-four finish looks extremely difficult, a loss against Leipzig might put us in a position of having nothing to play for in the remaining last two and a half months of the season. I believe we are certainly in with a chance especially given our opponents’ inexperience at this level. If we can stay in the game until the final twenty minutes or so, we can certainly make Leipzig nervous.

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