Lloris slams Tottenham team-mates
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hit out at his team-mates for their poor level of commitment and effort this season.
Spurs were the big spenders during the summer transfer window last season as they sought to build a team capable of challenging for Champions League qualification.
Despite splashing the cash, the club struggled for form early on, resulting in the departure of manager Andre Villas-Boas, and a lack of consistency, especially against the top teams, have all but ended any hope they had of a top four finish.
Lloris believes a lack of character and mental strength has contributed to their poor record.
“We conceded a lot of bad defeats. This season we had sometimes the feeling that we gave up. We can’t allow this kind of behaviour. We have to show more character,” Lloris told reporters.
“We did it in different games but we have to keep our mentality at the best level because in this league you have to be 100% every time you play.
“It’s strange because we have a feeling that we can play at a very high level, but we can also play at a very bad level during the same game. It has put us in trouble a lot of times this season.”
Although Spurs have a mathematical chance of finishing in the top four, but Lloris believes there is little chance of them catching Arsenal or Everton.
“Fourth place is finished but we are still in the race for fifth. The fans deserve to be in European competition. All the players in the squad have the ambition to play in the Champions League and it is the ambition of the club as well. The fans expect this competition,” he added.
“This season we had a good start, but after the defeat against City away we lost a bit of confidence. After that we were in trouble, especially in the concentration. We conceded a lot of goals after individual mistakes and you know when you play against top teams it is too difficult to come back in the game.
“When you play a team at the bottom of the league or the second half of the table, you have a chance to come back as we did against West Brom, as we did again against Fulham.
“We have to improve, we know this season that the top four, top five teams were better than us so we have to keep working and hope to be better next season.”