Hugo Lloris accuses Tottenham of lacking a fight but insists Chelsea semi-final is not over
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Spurs will need to close a 2-0 deficit in next Wednesday’s home game after conceding mistakes twice in the opening 35 minutes.
Kai Havertz took advantage of a loose pass from Japhet Tanganga to score after five minutes and Tanganga then moved on to teammate Ben Davies for a comedic goal against his own camp.
Lloris regretted Spurs’ lack of aggression against their rivals and said they left Stamford Bridge with regret after a modest display in the first half.
“The way we started the game made the opponent believe and put us in trouble,” said the goalkeeper. “The first half was a picture of the lack of aggression but in the second half we showed a good face – a lot of commitment from all the players. We took more risks, we created good deeds and in the end it’s 2- 0 down and there’s still a game to play.
“We have to believe because in football anything can happen. With energy, with conviction, with the help of our home crowd, I hope we have a great evening.
“After that game there were disappointments and also regrets. The way we started the game is a bit frustrating. Because you’re playing a semi-final. At least if you can’t play good football , you have to be prepared to fight, compete and be more aggressive than the opponent. “
Reflecting on two sloppy goals, Lloris added: “You know, when there’s a lack of aggression on the pitch, at some point in the game you’re going to pay the price. Unfortunately, it cost us both goals. .
“We can’t forget that in front of us is one of the biggest teams in Europe. They won the Champions League last season and they are way ahead of us in terms of process. If we want to grow as a team, we need to learn from this type of performance.
“There was something in the balance – you play a semi-final, there were expectations and unfortunately the first half has to be analyzed for ourselves.”
Lloris added: “We know that when you play two sets the most important thing is that at the end of the first leg there is still a chance to pass.
“We didn’t concede the third goal, unfortunately we couldn’t score that goal which would make us believe it even more. We know that in football you can change a result very quickly with good energy, a little luck, good discipline We have time, we have a week.
“There is still one FA Cup match [against Morecambe] this weekend but it’s not over yet. This is the message. We will need our fans behind us and we will have to play an incredible game to turn qualifying on our side. “
“This game confirmed what I thought about the difference between the teams but we have to be patient,” said the head coach, who suffered a miserable return to Stamford Bridge, where he won the league title and an FA Cup.
“You have to have patience because there are many, many [work] to do in many ways. I honestly think that at this moment and in the last few years, the level of Tottenham has gone down, it has gone down a lot. Now you have to rebuild. I want to tell the truth and be clear with our fans. Now we are in the middle and we need time.
“Believe me. We need so long before we [repair] the situation.”
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