By Russell Edge
Tottenham captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has said that the club must be aspiring to improve in the Champions League for the upcoming season.
Spurs qualified for Europe’s premier club competition for the second successive season as a result of their second placed finish in the Premier League, but they will be hoping to improve on what was a disappointing campaign.
The club failed to get out of the group stages having been drawn with CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and eventual semi-finalists Monaco, dropping into the Europa League after finishing third.
However Spurs failed to progress beyond the round of 32 stage, succumbing 3-2 on aggregate to Belgian side Gent to see their European hopes end for another season.
Now, French international Lloris believes the club has what it takes to be a real force against the best sides across the continent, having demonstrated the ability to compete at the top of the Premier League.
He also says that the club’s experience of the Champions League last season will only push them forward, as they look to go beyond the group stages for the first time since the 2010/11 campaign, when they reached the quarter finals.
He told the Independent: “We’ve got the talent to go further than we’ve done – we have the potential to reach another level.
“I’ve got a little bit frustrated about Europe.
“Hopefully this season we can prove our real value against the best teams in Europe and go as far as possible, even if the first target is to get out of the group stage.
“We have been able to get such great performances in the Premier League and we just need to repeat that in the Champions League.”
Spurs will find out their opponents for the group stages on August 24, by which point they will have already played Newcastle and Chelsea in the Premier League.
In other Tottenham news, the club are lining up a bid for a 22-year-old defender.