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Hugo Lloris: 'Important Tottenham Hotspur remain focused'

Lloris: 'Important Spurs remain focused'
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Hugo Lloris insists that "there are a lot of positive things" for Tottenham Hotspur to take away from their aggregate defeat to Juventus in the Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has urged his teammates to 'keep their focus' following this week's crushing Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus.

The Lilywhites looked in complete control of the last-16 tie on Wednesday night when sitting a goal in front on aggregate and dominating possession.

A quickfire double from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala earned last year's finalists a smash-and-grab win, though, leaving Spurs with just the FA Cup and a top-four spot in the Premier League to aim for.

Regardless of the latest setback in the Lilywhites' pursuit of silverware, Lloris is adamant that there is still plenty for players and supporters to be excited about.

"It's important to keep our focus on the FA Cup and the top four because this is our target - we want to be back in the Champions League," he told reporters after the match at Wembley Stadium. "We're going to learn about this big disappointment.

"We are still a young team but Juventus are used to winning a lot, they're used to playing a lot in the Champions League and they have the experience of this stage of the competition. For us it was our first time with this team but we're going to keep working because we have a lot of quality.

"We have a very talented team and we'll show it again. Unfortunately it wasn't enough this time. If you see the big picture, we finished first in a group which included Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid and we were close to going through against Juventus, so there are a lot of positive things.

"I think we've had some great moments at Wembley in the Champions League this season and the only thing I can say is that we're going to keep working and believing in ourselves to be back, hopefully, in the Champions League next season in our new stadium."

Tottenham, five points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, must now turn their attention to Sunday's away match at Bournemouth.


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Gonzalo Higuain of Juventus scores their first and equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur on March 7, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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