Danny Mills has ripped into the attitude of the Tottenham players for their embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and England defender insisted the Spurs players rather than Jose Mourinho need to take the majority of the blame for their premature Europa League exit.
Speaking after the game the usually measured Hugo Lloris told BT Sport his side’s display was a “disgrace”.
"It's just a disgrace. I hope everyone in the changing room feels responsible."
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He then openly criticised his teammates by saying: “It’s one thing is to come in front of a camera and say I am ambitious, the other thing is to show every day in training.”
Asked whether Lloris’ comments could cause a rift in the Tottenham dressing room, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s always the case, the underdog beats the better team, the favourite, because of their attitude. It’s not about ability.
“Every now and again you get a bit of luck but over the course of two legs, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t win. It was a poor attitude.
“That was the case for Tottenham, they were outworked. You go 2-0 down and it’s ‘Right, we don’t lose this game, we do not concede another one.’ You’ve got to work as hard as you can but it was almost like Tottenham felt they had a divine right to go and win the game. No, they haven’t. Nobody has a divine right to win any football match.
“Whether you think it’s down to tactics or formation, there’s no way in a million years Mourinho says ‘Relax lads. You know what? Don’t worry. Faff around a little bit, we’ll be fine. Don’t worry about it, we’ll win this easily.’ No chance.
“You go 1-0 down and you have to take responsibility as a player.
“I understand that people will look at the manager and say it’s not a happy camp. But hang on a minute, there is a certain point where you have to say – he didn’t pick a weakened side, he didn’t tell the players to go and concede three goals and not work as hard as the opposition.
“If the players choose to not do that for whatever reason, players have got to look at themselves. Players should be embarrassed about that situation last night. They underperformed all round.”