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We’re still haunted by title challenge collapse admits Spurs captain Lloris

Date Posted,December 31, 2016

Hugo Llorisstill feels bitter after last season’s title-race ­capitulation.

His Tottenham side were chasing ­eventual champions Leicester until the last month of the campaign.

But a 1-1 at home to West Brom, a draw from 2-0 up at halftime at Chelsea, a loss to visitors Southampton and then a 5-1 hammering on the final day against already-down Newcastle in the final four matches saw any hope of a first top-flight triumph for more than 50 years vanish.

And goalkeeper and captain Lloris has not forgotten.

“The taste of the last few games of last season is still here,” said the 30-year-old France skipper. “It was such a bad feeling to finish with those defeats.

“But that is part of the process. We are still a young team and we are getting experience in this Premier League.”

Danny Rose has his head in his hands as the title slips away at Chelsea… (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
Harry Kane looks dejected after Aleksandar Mitrovic scores the second goal for Newcastle
…conceding five to an already-relegated side brought Spurs’ season to a miserable end (Photo: Reuters)

Lloris clearly has faith in the squad assembled by manager Mauricio Pochettino. And he spoke about the reasons behind his decision to sign a new long-term contract at White Hart Lane just before Christmas.

He joined top stars Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen in committing his future to Spurs and he explained just why.

“The major factor behind my decision was my belief in the team and in my manager,” said Lloris. “That is very important. I have huge faith in Mauricio Pochettino. He has brought a lot to the club and to all the players.

Hugo Lloris poses with Mauricio Pochettino after signing a new contract
Captain Lloris committed to Spurs long-term with his new contract (Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty)

“I also have a good ­relationship with all the people involved with the club – with the fans and the chairman Daniel Levy. I feel good and the new contract shows my ­commitment to Spurs.”

Tottenham have one of their trickiest away fixtures during the festive season out of the way – a resounding 4-1 win at Southampton last Wednesday, where they had to show resilience to come back from conceding an early goal.

“It is never easy to play after the other (title-chasing) teams,” said Lloris. “ They all won their games and that puts pressure on you. We started the game in the worst way, but then had a great reaction.

“It is a good message to send to the other teams.”

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