RB Leipzig have sealed a berth in the Champions League quarterfinals after eliminating Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs lost the first leg 1-0 at home and suffered a 3-0 defeat in the return leg on Tuesday. The north London side’s chances of progressing further in the competition became difficult due to the injury crisis at the club.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son missed the first leg and they weren’t available for the return leg in Germany. In addition to this, Steven Bergwijn and Davinson Sánchez picked up injuries before the midweek European tie.
Hugo Lloris gave a frank verdict after Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League.
“It was a difficult evening. You have to accept the opponent were simply stronger than us. In all the departments of the game, they were superior to us. It had already been the case from the first leg. They confirmed it in the return leg,” the France international was quoted as saying by RMC Sport.
José Mourinho fielded Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura to lead his side’s attack, but the trio and their teammates were unsuccessful in getting past Leipzig goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi. Lloris states Spurs weren’t creative in their latest fixture.
“We lack a few ideas on the pitch. The solution was to score goals. But we could have played all evening… We were already having trouble creating scoring chances, scoring situations. It’s hard, but you have to accept it,” he said.
Tottenham have endured a difficult campaign and are currently 8th in the table with 41 points, seven points behind fourth placed Chelsea. Lloris now wants his side to finish this campaign on a positive note.
“It’s a difficult season. We hang in there. We try to do what we can but either the opponent is stronger or we lack success,” Lloris stressed.
“Above all, we have to turn quickly to the next game. We must finish the season as best we can and as high as possible. We will have time to focus on the next season.”