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Hugo Lloris labels Tottenham’s Europa League humiliation a ‘disgrace’ as captain hints at deep-rooted problems within the club

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Hugo Lloris labels Tottenham’s Europa League humiliation a ‘disgrace’ as captain hints at deep-rooted problems within the club

Hugo Lloris branded Tottenham’s Europa League exit a ‘disgrace’ and appeared to hint at problems within the club.

The Spurs captain delivered a damning verdict on his team’s performance against Dinamo Zagreb after the unfancied Croatian side overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit to knock Spurs out of the Europa League at the last 16 stage.

Lloris branded Spurs’ display a ‘disgrace’ following the match

Jose Mourinho accused his players of lacking professionalism following the match, having also done the same after Sunday’s north London derby defeat to Arsenal.

Lloris was in an equally despondent mood and said the players need to take full responsibility for their capitulation.

“It is just a disgrace”, he told BT Sport.

“I just hope everyone in the training room feels responsible of the situation because it’s a disgrace.

“No what can I say more about it? Talking about the game of Sunday, I think it’s not the right moment.

“The taste of the defeat tonight is just more than painful, and we are all responsible.”

Tottenham were lacklustre against Dinamo Zagreb and deserved to be eliminated
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Asked whether it was a more painful defeat than Sunday’s north London derby loss to Arsenal, he replied: “It’s just accumulation. Obviously we are a club 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 lack of basics, lack of fundamentals, and all our performances are just in relation of that, you know.

“Mentally we should be stronger, we should be more competitive. Today I didn’t feel that on the field, unfortunately when you are not ready at this level you pay straight away.

“There is quality everywhere in Europe and if you don’t respect the opponent it’s kind of punishment and that’s kind of what happened today. Full credit belonged to the opponent as well because they play the game full of belief, but the blame is on us, all the team, all the club, we are guilty.”

Manager Mourinho, meanwhile, felt his players lacked professionalism and questioned their attitude.

He said: “Of course it concerns me. Of course it concerns me. We worked very hard, we tried to provide the best conditions for the players to perform. Of course it concerns me.

“My position as a head coach is the position that stops me, or at least makes me uncomfortable to come in front of the cameras and go deep in analysis. I hope you can understand that.

“I believe all of us have to be humble enough to accept any criticism that you can make of our work. It is not for me to go on that.

“They played with a lot of desire that I can call it also professionalism, because for me professionalism starts exactly in the attitude. To be a professional you must have attitude every day and in every minute of every game.

“Then more talent, less talent makes a difference between players but what is never negotiable is attitude and they beat us on attitude.”

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