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Hugo Lloris: 'Tottenham Hotspur must learn to fight to the end'

Hugo Lloris questions Spurs attitude
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Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris admits that his side need to question their mental fortitude after a dip in form which has seen them win just one of their last five games.

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has admitted that his side need to question their mental fortitude following their recent dip in form.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost three and won just one of their last five games across all competitions, including an FA Cup semi-final defeat which saw their hopes of ending a 10-year trophy drought ended for another season.

Saturday's late 1-0 loss to a rejuvenated West Bromwich Albion also left Spurs needing wins from their final two games of the season to guarantee a top-four spot which looked all but wrapped up a month ago, and Lloris has urged his side to keep on fighting until the very end of the campaign.

"We are in a period of the season where - and it is the same for every team - we don't have the freshness that we had in September, October and November. It is difficult to play in every game with the same intensity. We do need to question ourselves and realise that the next two games are very important for the future of the club and the future of every player in the dressing room," he told reporters.

"I think we need to put into our minds that it is going to be difficult until the end. Until the last game. Until the last minute against Leicester because we are in the Premier League and we are fighting against Liverpool, against Chelsea for the top four and they are both top clubs. They are used to competing and playing at this level.

"Now it is all mental. It is not about fitness or physical condition. It is mental and in this game we lacked a bit of aggression in key moments. It's a bit disappointing because we could have managed the end of the season in a better way. It is up to us. But we need to stay confident and keep believing in ourselves. It is not the moment for doubt."

Tottenham's final two games of the season both come at home, against Newcastle United on Wednesday and Leicester City on Sunday.


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Mauricio Pochettino during the Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid on November 1, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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