Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has admitted his side “got smashed” in the North London Derby defeat to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper had a very busy 90 minutes as Spurs slumped to their third successive defeat in the Premier League which has now seen them be leapfrogged in the league table by the Gunners.
Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka all scored for Arsenal in the first-half, before Son Heung-min found the back of the net in the second period to hand Tottenham some sort of lifeline.
Lloris, when speaking after the clash, believes Spurs improved in the second-half, but admitted his side were completely outplayed on the day.
“We lost complete control in the first half. We got smashed and then had a good reaction,” Lloris said to the press after the defeat at the Emirates Stadium.
“It is frustrating and very disappointing. It is the moment to stick together and carry on. The players were ready, but we lost a bit of control. We lost our balance in the middle of the pitch.
“When you concede three goals in each of the last three league games you cannot hide the problems. But we are professional. There is a long way to go. We need to stay calm.”
Nuno Espirito Santo has endured a difficult start to life as Tottenham manager, despite winning his opening three matches in the job.
In football, things can change very quickly – and Nuno’s job is already becoming a major talking point among Spurs supporters.
However, former Arsenal defender Tony Adams, when speaking on Sky Sports, called for the Tottenham fan base to give Nuno more time in order to see the benefits of having him as their manager.
“I think he’s an exceptional coach and they’ve got to give him time, he’s feeling out the team and he got it wrong today,” Adams said.
“A few players weren’t up for it and maybe the tactics or whatever they did drop off and go through the motions and he didn’t get them on the front foot.
“I know the man and he is a very good man manager and give him time to get this team resilient again.
“Tottenham fans might not like that but he will get them resilient again. He can’t accept that.”
Source by Football London