‘We should have given more’ – Spurs star gives honest verdict after Antwerp defeat

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Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris has admitted that the Spurs players did not show the required level of intensity in the game against Royal Antwerp after the side suffered just their second defeat of the campaign.

As expected, Jose Mourinho named a much-changed side to the one that started the 1-0 win against Burnley on Monday, with Lloris and Ben Davies being the only two to keep their places.

The Lilywhites were extremely poor in the first-half as they went into the interval 1-0 down after a mistake by Davies was capitalised on by Lior Refaelov.

The Tottenham boss rang the changes at half-time, bringing on Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Son Heung-min, before also introducing Harry Kane just before the hour mark.

However, the changes failed to have the desired effect as Mourinho’s men struggled to fashion chances. In fact, the home side could have made the scoreline much glossier had they taken their own opportunities in the second half.

Speaking after the game, Lloris told Spurs TV (as relayed by Football.London): “It’s not good to feel the taste of defeat.

“Obviously we should have done better, we let them believe in the game.

“First half we didn’t put enough intensity in the performance, and unfortunately we conceded this goal and then in the second half we increased a bit, it was not enough.

“The credit belongs to the opponent but I think from the first minute we should have given more.”

Despite the disappointing result, the Tottenham captain admitted that topping the group remains the side’s main objective.

He added: “As I said, it’s not good to feel the taste of the defeat. I think it hurts your pride and you just want to be focused on the next game and win it.

“There are still four games to go in this group stage and obviously the target is to finish first, so we will have to make the job.

“We make things complicated with this defeat but we are still in the race and we have to improve our performances.”

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