By Danny Wright
Hugo Lloris believes that Tottenham’s loss to West Ham on Friday was down to mental fatigue.
Spurs fell to a 1-0 defeat at the London Stadium which ended a run of nine victories in a row which saw them emerge as Premier League title contenders.
Mauricio Pochettino and his men could have moved within a point of league-leaders Chelsea but Manuel Lanzini’s 65th minute goal was enough to all-but end their hopes of winning the league title.
Tottenham notably have a much smaller squad than other top teams in the league, meaning that Pochettino has been unable to rotate his squad anywhere near as much as Antonio Conte has at Chelsea.
Lloris, 30, has also hinted that he and his teammates showed signs of complacency in the loss, saying that that they were almost expecting the result to go their way.
“At this stage of the season, it’s the same for every team. We’re all tired physically, mentally. The difference is mental. You have to cope on the pitch and get the result that you need. We were not capable of doing more,” said the Spurs captain, as quoted by ESPN.
“The worst thing was the feeling at 0-0. We said, ‘maybe it’s enough, maybe we’ll get the goal that we needed.’ No. That’s not the way that you need to think in that kind of context. You need to do more, more. To push to your limit. And today unfortunately we were not capable to do that.”
Lloris has made 40 appearances for the North London club across all competitions this season, keeping 17 clean sheets and conceding 34 goals.
Lanzini’s second half goal was the first time the 87-times France international had been beaten in five league matches.
Chelsea can now move seven points clear of Spurs if they beat Middlesbrough on Monday and can secure the Premier League title in their trip to West Brom next Friday.
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