Lloris: We learned from ‘strange’ UCL campaign

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris believes the way his team bounced back from a disappointing Champions League performance illustrates their maturity.

Mauricio Pochettino's young side failed to progress beyond the competition's group stage with a number of substandard performances at Wembley proving their downfall.

Spurs started their European campaign poorly, with a home defeat to eventual semi-finalists and Ligue 1 champions Monaco, but failed to capitalise on the momentum gained when beating CSKA Moscow in their following match.

Failure to notch a victory in their next three fixtures rendered the final group game – another win over the Russian side – purely academic.

However, Lloris says the way they managed to remain in the hunt for the Premier League title through the majority of the season shows their resilience and ability to learn from their mistakes.

"The only disappointment was the Champions League," the France international told the club's official website. "That was a strange campaign. It wasn't Tottenham, it wasn't our identity and we can have some regrets.

"I did question how we might deal with that back in the Premier League because we fought all last season to get into the Champions League and as soon as you are there, you fail – and not just the results but the way we played.

"The reaction of the team was fantastic, though, and step by step, we became stronger and stronger. That means we learned from our mistakes and that's positive."

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