Hugo Lloris strongly believes that the best way to bounce back from the disappointing result is by coming up against a rival team.
After their defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at the beginning of the month Tottenham Hotspur then faced North London rivals Arsenal away from home. The Lilywhites secured a point at the Emirates and Lloris believes that coming up against another London rival in Chelsea will do the Spurs players well after they crashed out of the Champions League to AS Monaco on Tuesday.
Lloris has been in astounding form for Tottenham at present and without him between the sticks the result against Monaco could have been a lot worse. Lloris saved a penalty from Radamel Falcao in the first half as well showing off quick reactions to deny powerful shots throughout the game.
Disappointment and frustration for players
The captain explained that his “mind is not ready to talk” about the game as everyone is “very disappointed” and “very frustrated with the way we played”. He commented that “our fans, our club and most of all our players had a lot of expectations in this competition” especially as they “fought a lot last season to get this Champions League place”. Lloris criticized the team for being “too slow, too sluggish” in the way they started the game and so “Monaco were better in a lot of areas in the game” and so Tottenham “didn’t deserve to win”.
However the skipper commented “we need to keep our chins up because it’s a big game on Saturday” as Tottenham remain unbeaten in the Premier League. He added that he has “no doubt” that Spurs will bounce back. He commented that derbies are “the best type of game to bounce back” and “the only thing is to digest the frustration of this defeat and look forward”.
Tottenha travel to Chelsea on Saturday, for a fixture that turned ugly last season and saw the end of Tottenham’s title hopes.