Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has warned his team not to waste their chance to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Spurs saw a four-match winning streak, which had catapulted them from eighth place into the top four, come to an abrupt end when they were beaten 1-0 by Brighton on Saturday.
They got away with it to an extent when Arsenal lost at Southampton, but Manchester United’s win over Norwich saw them close the gap to Spurs to three points.
Spurs looked out of the running for most of the season and, having gotten into a position where he’s within reach, Lloris has called his side to keep him.
“We don’t have a cushion, so we have to do another run,” he said. “But we have to take it game by game because if we look too far ahead, we can sneak into other games.
“What hurts me the most is that we have suffered a lot and to get to this position is not the time to throw away what we have built in recent weeks.
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“We received a lot of kicks during the season and this is not the time to give that push to our rivals.
“We have a week to prepare for the next match and I hope this loss will help the team to finish stronger.”
Arsenal and United play twice before Spurs visit Brentford next Saturday, meaning they could be sixth the next time they take the field.
Lloris says that winning in west London next week is the only way to respond to his loss.
“We recovered by winning. In training we will prepare as best we can to have a chance to win, but it is going to be a tough game, especially at this time of the season when teams like Brighton are already secure and play with that freedom and no pressure. of the result,” he said.
“Mentally we have to increase the level of concentration. Sometimes you can have a lack of energy for various reasons, but focus is very important.
“Look at how we conceded the goal, it’s about focus and concentration. It’s never too late to learn.”
Brighton followed up their win at Arsenal last weekend with another three points in North London and it was deserved as they prevented a Spurs side that had scored 12 goals in three games from registering a shot on target.
Chief Graham Potter said: “The boys put in a great shift. I think you have to understand that we’re up against a good team, all the way down the pitch, and try to stop the source on their attacking players, who are legendary in terms of Premier League status and who can blow teams up quite a bit. . quickly, it meant we had to be strong in that area, and I think the guys did very, very well.”
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