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Hugo Lloris Slams Tottenham Hotspur Teammates Following 'Disgraceful' Europa League Exit

By Amreen
Skipper Hugo Lloris has called Tottenham Hotspur's performance against Dinamo Zagreb "a disgrace"
Skipper Hugo Lloris has called Tottenham Hotspur's performance against Dinamo Zagreb "a disgrace" / Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images

Hugo Lloris hit out at his Tottenham teammates following their disastrous performance against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Spurs came into the game with a 2-0 lead from the first leg and were favourites to proceed to the next stage of the competition. However, Mislav Orsic struck three times in the Croatian capital to seal a remarkable 3-2 aggregate win, and send Jose Mourinho's side crashing out of the competition.

The Tottenham boss accused his players of lacking professionalism - a statement he repeated after their loss to Arsenal last weekend in the Premier League, and captain Lloris did not hold back from slamming his teammates, either.

“I think we are all more than disappointed,” he said in an explosive interview with BT Sport before adding, “It is just a disgrace. I just hope everyone in the changing room feels responsible for this situation because it’s a disgrace."

He continued, “It’s just an accumulation. We are a club that’s full of ambition but the team at the moment I just think is a reflection of what’s going on in our club. We have a lack of basics, lack of fundamentals. Overall our performance is in relation to that. I think mentally we should be stronger, we should be more competitive."

Lloris further stated, “The way we play is just not enough. Not enough. One thing is to come in front of the camera and say I’m ambitious, the other is to show every day – in training sessions, it’s to show every time on the pitch – you cannot let it down if you play or don’t play."

“The goalkeeper further stated, "To behave as a team is the most difficult thing in football. Whatever is the decision of the manager you have to follow the way of the team. If you follow the team only when you’re in the starting XI that causes a big problem for the team because you’re going to pay, in the one moment and you’re going to pay in your season."

The French captain concluded, “Today I think is the consequence of that. We had a great moment in the past because we could trust the togetherness that was in the team. Today, I don’t know, I’m not sure about that. I think if you look at all the experience we have got as a player individually as a player in the dressing room, we have all got that."