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Lloris fears Spurs won’t reach Champions League final again

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An “honest” Hugo Lloris fears that another Champions League final may be out of Tottenham’s reach following their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

2018 World Cup winner Lloris couldn’t keep Liverpool at bay as Mohamed Salah’s early penalty and Divock Origi’s late strike saw Spurs lose 2-0 in the Champions League final.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had their chances, though, to equalise prior to Origi’s 87th-minute goal. They had enjoyed 65% of the possession and got half of their 16 shots on target compared to Liverpool’s three.

But Reds keeper Allison Becker was at the top of his game upon denying Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen.

Following the defeat in Madrid, Pochettino challenged his team to reach the final again next season. But Spurs’ very own captain, Lloris, has his doubts over whether that’s possible.

“I don’t think Tottenham is the type of club to challenge for the Champions League every season, we have to be honest,” said Lloris, according to Yahoo.

“But one thing is sure: we are ambitious, and we try to reduce the gap to the best teams in Europe, step by step.

“I think in three years we showed a lot of improvement, a lot of development in the right direction. Probably, with the new stadium, it will bring fresh air and confidence towards the team, towards the club, towards the fans.

“There are a lot of things to learn from this defeat. Now it’s up to us to get back into work and come back stronger next season.

“It’s difficult to have the right judgement. The only thing is to stay positive and we can only be proud of what we have done this season. To bring the club into the Champions League final is already a big step.”

Liverpool’s early penalty call raised a few eyebrows as there was no VAR intervention despite doubts on if Sadio Mane’s cross had touched Moussa Sissoko’s arm or his chest in the area.

“It’s part of football,” said Lloris on the penalty decision.

“I think he took the decision very early, so I think he was sure. You have to accept that. But it was not easy for us to come back into the game, even if we tried to stick with the principle and we tried to play like we used to do.

“But we didn’t create too much, unfortunately. In the last 15 minutes, we tried to push by shooting from long distance, but it was not enough today.

“We don’t have to blame the referee. On the image, I think the ball touched probably the hand of Moussa but then it’s the perception of you, or the fans… there is nothing to say.”

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores the opening goal past Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)