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Lloris hits out at sorry Spurs
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has claimed it would be difficult to do worse than his team have done this season, criticising them for a lack of character.
Speculation over the future of France captain Lloris has been circulating in recent weeks, with his verdict on Tottenham's efforts this season doing little to banish suggestions that he could seek a move to a Champions League clubs this summer.
Lloris is disappointed at Spurs' failing push for a top four place and pessimistic about their prospects for next season, said: "It will be difficult to do worse, especially against the top four or five teams.
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Tottenham have suffered heavy losses against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea but Lloris blamed a lack of mental strength rather than skill.
"We conceded a lot of bad defeats," he said. "This season we had sometimes the feeling that we gave up. We can't allow this kind of behaviour. We have to show more character.
"We did it in different games but we have to keep our mentality at the best level because in this league you have to be 100% every time you play.
"It's strange because we have a feeling that we can play at a very high level, but we can also play at a very bad level during the same game. It has put us in trouble a lot of times this season."
Lloris is interesting several of Europe's big clubs and despite Tottenham still having a mathematical chance of finishing fourth and qualifying for the Champions League, he has already given up and is eyeing the Europa League.
He said: "Fourth place is finished but we are still in the race for fifth. The fans deserve to be in European competition. All the players in the squad have the ambition to play in the Champions League and it is the ambition of the club as well. The fans expect this competition.
"This season we had a good start, but after the defeat against City away we lost a bit of confidence. After that we were in trouble, especially in the concentration. We conceded a lot of goals after individual mistakes and you know when you play against top teams it is too difficult to come back in the game.
"When you play a team at the bottom of the league or the second half of the table, you have a chance to come back as we did against West Brom, as we did again against Fulham.
"We have to improve, we know this season that the top four, top five teams were better than us so we have to keep working and hope to be better next season."