Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League exit branded a ‘disgrace’ by captain Hugo Lloris
Manager Jose Mourinho questioned Tottenham Hotspur’s “attitude” after defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League, while captain Hugo Lloris said the team’s performance was a “disgrace.”
Dinamo overturned a 2-0 deficit from the first leg to win 3-2 after extra-time on Thursday thanks to Mislav Orsic’s hat-trick.
It means the Croatian champion progresses to the Europa League quarterfinals, while Tottenham, currently eighth in the Premier League, is left to question where the team’s season goes from here. Winning the Europa League would have allowed Spurs to play in the Champions League next season.
“My team didn’t look like it was playing an important match,” Mourinho told BT Sport after the game.
“If for any one of them it is not an important match, for me it is. For the respect that I have for my own career and for my own job, every match is an important match for me.
“And I believe that for every Tottenham fan at home, every match matters. Another attitude is needed. To say that I feel sad is not enough because what I feel goes much further than sadness.”
Orsic scored his side’s first goal shortly after the hour mark — a sensational, curling shot from outside the box — and added a second 20 minutes later when he turned in a cross from replacement Iyayi Atiemwen.
With the game going to extra-time, Orsic completed his hat-trick with a mazy run past a number of Tottenham players before striking past a diving Lloris.
Even more remarkable about the result is that Dinamo was left in disarray ahead of Thursday’s game after manager Zoran Mamic had resigned just days before…..read more