By Will Butcher
Hugo Lloris believes the Europa League is a good trophy to win, but believes his side’s morale must remain high if they are to hold the trophy aloft come May.
Spurs are set to go up against Belgian outfit Gent on Thursday night, as they look to bring an advantage back to north London in the Round of 32 first leg.
Lloris was quoted by Spurs’ official Twitter account ahead of the match as saying that spirit will play a crucial part in Spurs attempts at winning the competition.
“The Europa League is still a good competition to win,” Lloris said in a pre-match press conference. “We’re all ambitious & want to go as far as possible. The spirit is key.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 15, 2017
Lloris, 30, could be dropped to the bench for Thursday night’s clash against Gent, with Pochettino known to give his reserve goalkeepers a chance in the cup competitions.
Former Swansea stopper Michel Vorm could come into the side in place of France international Lloris, with on-loan stopper Pau Lopez yet to make a single appearance for Spurs.
Tottenham have not played against Gent in their history as a club, with Gent’s only European tie against English opponents coming in 1964-65 against West Ham.
Spurs come into the game in after suffering their first defeat 12 games on Saturday to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, while Gent have won just two of their last league and cup outings.
Pochettino will be desperate to his side secure victory and score an away goal in Belgium at the Ghelamco Arena, with the second leg set to be played on February 23.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has delivered this injury update on three of his senior squad ahead of Thursday’s clash.