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5-1 loss to already-down Newcastle still stings 15 months on admits Lloris before Sunday rematch

Date Posted,August 12, 2017

Hugo LLoris is in Toon to face Newcastle on Sunday — still smarting from a 5-1 hammering there two seasons ago.

The France captain was Tottenham ’s keeper in May 2016, when already-relegated Newcastle thrashed them at St James’ Park.

It cost Spurs the runners-up spot in the Premier League, and allowed arch-rivals Arsenal to overtake them.

Lloris said: “I still remember the feeling on that day. It was terrible, just terrible.

Lloris watches helplessly as Ronaldo Aarons scores Newcastle’s fourth… (Image: Getty)
…it was a dismal end to a good season for Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and co (Image: Getty)

“If you ask the manager Mauricio Pochettino about that day, he will get upset.

“I don’t know if it was my worst moment as a Tottenham player, but it is certainly one of them.

Manager Pochettino watches stunned as Newcastle tear his team to ribbons (Image: Newcastle United via Getty)

“I still cannot explain why it happened, but we will be working hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“It was a bad feeling at the time, but, in the long run, that day helped us grow as a team. You

learn from great performances, but you can learn a lot more from games like that.”

Lloris, who led Spurs to second place behind champions Chelsea last season, added: “We went on to have a good season and I hope we are going to step up again this time.

“We have the potential to challenge and compete with the best teams – and we need to show it again.

“That defeat at Newcastle belongs to the past, but it is a good reminder that we will have to be at our best. It is never easy to play against a promoted team at the start of the season and we need to be ready.”

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