Champions League: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says club can defy odds to enjoy another deep run in Europe's top-flight

Hugo Lloris said that what Tottenham lacks in 'profile' for sustained success in the Champions League, it more than makes up for it with their belief and hard work

Reuters September 18, 2019 14:33:26 IST
Champions League: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says club can defy odds to enjoy another deep run in Europe's top-flight
  • Tottenham were beaten 2-0 in last season's final by Liverpool and Lloris believes that the London club can defy the odds to enjoy another deep run

  • Tottenham have won only two trophies which are the domestic League Cup in 1999 and 2008 in the last two decades

  • Lloris said the squad was steadily improving with top-four finishes in the last four Premier League seasons to qualify for Europe.

Tottenham Hotspur may not have the “profile” for sustained success in the Champions League like Europe’s traditional powerhouse clubs but last season’s runners-up make up for it with their belief, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has said.

Champions League Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says club can defy odds to enjoy another deep run in Europes topflight

File photo Hugo Lloris. AP

Tottenham were beaten 2-0 in last season’s final by fellow Premier League side Liverpool and Frenchman Lloris believes the London club can defy the odds to enjoy another deep run in Europe’s top-tier club competition.

“With a lot of humility, there are some clubs that have the profile to win Champions League every season — historically and with the talent they have in the squad,” Lloris told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Group B opener against Olympiakos.

“They put a stamp on this competition. That’s not the case for Tottenham. But as we saw last year, everything’s possible if you have the belief, the talent and the discipline. Why not be back again?"

“Obviously, we have a different profile to that type of club — Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. It’s not a lack of ambition. When we go on the pitch, it’s to win, whoever is the opponent.”

Tottenham have won only two trophies — the domestic League Cup in 1999 and 2008 — in the last two decades but Lloris said the squad was steadily improving with top-four finishes in the last four Premier League seasons to qualify for Europe.

 “It’s not a coincidence. We’re doing something well, we’re building something strong,” Lloris added. “We cannot drop the level. We need to build the consistency to improve, to get even closer to what we are all looking for — trophies.”

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