The chance-taking, attacking soccer pursued by Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino deserves to be rewarded with a trophy, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris informed The Related Press.
And subsequent month’s FA Cup semifinal match in opposition to Manchester United is an opportunity for the London workforce to indicate it’s prepared “to step up a stage” in its ambition to go toe-to-toe with Europe’s greatest golf equipment.
Arriving sleepy eyed to an interview after a day nap, Lloris instantly perked up when discussing Tottenham’s season of contrasting fortunes. The workforce tumbled out of the Champions League in opposition to Juventus, conceding two objectives in three minutes at Wembley Stadium on March 7.
However a top-four end within the Premier League, which might safe Champions League soccer and revenues subsequent season, stays attainable. Fourth-place Tottenham makes an necessary cross-London go to to fifth-place Chelsea on April 1.
With hindsight, the Tottenham captain stated Juventus’ superior Champions League expertise – it performed two finals within the final three seasons – proved a decisive consider its 2-1 victory at Wembley.
After drawing 2-2 within the first leg in Turin, Tottenham threw away a lead at dwelling and have become the primary English workforce eradicated this season. The speedy succession of second-half objectives from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala despatched Juventus to a quarterfinal match in opposition to Actual Madrid, repeating the pairing of final 12 months’s closing.
Lloris stated the consequence was very irritating for Tottenham as a result of “we performed so nicely.”
“It is nearly some particulars,” he stated within the interview on the France nationwide workforce’s Clairefontaine camp, the place he was coaching together with his teammates for World Cup warm-up matches in opposition to Colombia and Russia. “They do not really want to play engaging soccer to get the consequence that they need, and that is most likely the case with all of the Italian groups, they’ve the tradition of the win.”
He added: “This 12 months was a fantastic expertise, and for positive we’ll be taught so much from that.”
However having toured the development web site of Tottenham’s new 62,000-seat stadium with Harry Kane earlier than the worldwide break, Lloris has seen for himself a future for the membership that appears to be vivid. He stated silverware is required to spur its progress. Tottenham’s trophy-less spell stretches again to its League Cup victory over Chelsea in 2008, 4 years earlier than Lloris joined the membership in 2012.
“We wish a trophy as a result of I feel we deserve a trophy,” Lloris stated. “It is simply because we play so engaging soccer. I feel folks take pleasure in the way in which we play as a result of we’re a really constructive workforce with a whole lot of power. The way in which we play soccer is a bit dangerous however we create a whole lot of probabilities.”
With Manchester Metropolis working away with the Premier League title, the FA Cup is the final trophy alternative this season for each Tottenham and Manchester United. The winner of that semifinal match on April 21 will meet both Chelsea or Southampton within the closing.
Lloris recognized the match as one other step towards Tottenham’s purpose – shared, he stated, by the chairman, supervisor and senior gamers – of narrowing the hole with Europe’s prime groups.
“We have to step up a stage each time that we are able to and we nonetheless have alternative with the cup,” he stated.
“We’ve got all the identical ambition, simply to win one thing and attempt to put this membership on the highest stage in soccer,” Lloris added. “I feel we’re getting in the proper method. We have to win trophies, clearly, however step-by-step we are going to arrive. We’ve got little doubt about that.”