Mauricio Pochettino admits dip in Tottenham Hotspur confidence

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris pushed a Milicevic shot onto the post while Harry Kane had earlier struck an upright at the other end. "Against Liverpool we lost and we couldn't recognise Tottenham of the last few seasons", he told Sky Sports News HQ.

"It's true it wasn't our best performance". So maybe we will make some changes but not too many. I think we did that but we were just lacking a bit of quality at times.

The Tottenham Hotspur man has established himself as one of the Premier League's best strikers.

What was so frustrating for Tottenham is that they tried to put everything they had into this game.

His side's credentials were damaged on Merseyside, for all that Spurs remain third, and the squad's debriefing centred on learning from their mistakes.

Lyon made the short trip over to the Netherlands as they took on AZ Alkmaar.

"In your mind it has to be like the Champions League", Lloris said. This is a chance to do that.

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"Against Gent, we need to play at 100 percent because our opponents will be ready to fight and compete against us".

"Football is always about basics".

He seems up for the job though, quipping that now the contract is done he must "focus on the pitch" and look to help Spurs deliver their targets. "It was more about the spirit and, in a cup game, the spirit is the key". It's about the team, all together.

But while finishing in the top four still remains the priority, the incentive of a ticket into the Champions League for the Europa League victor, introduced in 2015, has changed perceptions. "It wasn't the best game but we created chances to try to score but we cannot score". We want to go as far as possible.

In quotes published by the London Evening Standard, Belgian Vanhaezebrouck revealed that his side will draw on their no-fear mentality that served them well in the Champions League.

Unfortunately for Tottenham fans, Mauricio Pochettino's future will likely see the Argentine boss move to a bigger side in Europe.

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