Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris branded his side’s Europa League exit a ‘disgrace’ after Slavia Prague staged a miraculous comeback to knock the Lilywhites out of the competition.
The Croatian side trailed 2-0 after the first leg of their last-16 tie but won the return 3-0 after extra time as Mislav Orsic’s stunning hat-trick snatched them a place in the quarter-final draw.
Jose Mourinho accused his players of lacking professionalism following the match and admitted that saying he was sad ‘wasn’t enough’ for Spurs fans.
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.”
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.”