Hugo Lloris accuses Tottenham Hotspur of being complacent after the 2-0 loss to Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur had a disappointing performance against Chelsea as they lost 2-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals prompting Hugo Lloris to accuse the team of being complacent in the first half. His team will need to drop an inspiring display if they hope to turn around the deficit in the reverse fixture and qualify for the final.
The Frenchman was helpless in both the goals scored by the hosts as mistakes from Japhet Tanganga resulted in their defeat on the night. However, he did keep the score reasonable by making a couple of crucial saves between the posts. Kai Havertz had a chance to double the scoreline just past ten minutes, but the keeper did well to keep it 1-0. He also got the better of Timo Werner, who had a cheeky attempt in the second half when the score was 2-0.
Speaking in the post-match interview to Spurs TV (h/t Evening Standard), Lloris has admitted that they allowed the Blues to take control over the tie by being less aggressive with their play. However, he did add that they cannot be ruled out as they would come back strong in the reverse fixture.
“The way we started the game allowed the opponent to believe and to put us in trouble. You know when there’s a lack of aggressiveness on the pitch, at some moment in the game you’re going to pay for it. We took more risks, we created some good actions and at the end, it’s 2-0 down and there’s still one game to play. We have to believe because in football anything can happen. With energy, with belief, with the help of our crowd, hopefully we’re going to deliver a great night.”
Difficult but not impossible
Harry Kane had a similar remark on our display, and he also believes we have a chance to qualify for the final. Even though we endured a disappointing night, we have to keep going headstrong in the coming days to boost our chances of making it to the final round.
We have experienced a similar scenario before against Ajax in the Champions League but, we eventually fought to the end and were the victors in that tie. We have to make a similar rally even though our opponents are tougher as they have more quality in their ranks.
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Our first-half performance really took away the control from our hand, so we have to do better in the second leg. We must take the initiative to the West London club and force them to give up control, unlike what we did yesterday.
It is good to see that the players still have a belief in making a comeback as it is necessary if there is any chance of such occurrence. We would have an uphill task, but it is never impossible as football has shown us time and time again that anything can happen depending on how the match plays out.