Hugo Lloris has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur lost control in the first half of the North London Derby against Arsenal but stressed the need for the players to stick together during this tough moment.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were comfortably second best on Sunday as the Gunners essentially put the game out of reach by scoring thrice without reply within 34 minutes.
That left the away side with a mountain to climb, and despite huffing and puffing in the second half, they never really looked like getting back into the game.
Tottenham eventually got a goal back through Son Heung-min in the 79th minute but that turned out to be nothing more than a consolation.
Lloris admitted that the team lost balance in midfield in the first 45 minutes.
The Tottenham captain told The Evening Standard: “We lost complete control in the first half. We got smashed and then had a good reaction.
“It’s frustrating and very disappointing. It’s the moment to stick together and carry on. The players were ready but we lost a bit of control. We lost balance in the middle of the pitch.”
This is the third league game in a row where Spurs have conceded three goals after successive 3-0 losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea over the last two weeks.
Speaking about Tottenham’s defensive struggles, Lloris said: “When you concede three goals in each of the last three league games you cannot hide the problems.
“But we are professional. There is a long way to go. We need to stay calm.”
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Nuno is evidently struggling to find the right balance between defence and attack. We struggled to create chances in the first three matches but looked defensively solid.
However, when the Portuguese coach has tried to set up the team a little more adventurously against Chelsea and Arsenal, we have looked extremely shaky at the back.
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