Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris insists players are to blame for Jose Mourinho being sacked after poor performances

HUGO LLORIS reckons Tottenham’s players should take responsibility for Jose Mourinho getting the boot.

The Special One was axed as Spurs boss on Monday after poor results and performances.

Keeper and captain Lloris said: “Should we as players take responsibility for that? Yes, of course.

“The situation doesn’t change my respect for Jose. He’s a great football man.

“He has proved that in the past and for sure he will prove it in the future. I just feel sad that he didn’t work like we wanted at Spurs.

“Of course we have to share the responsibility. The players first because we are the actors.

“Then when the club makes the decision, as a player you have to respect it.

“We know the situation we’re in. We have to finish as high as we can and give everything for the club.

“Today even more than ever we have to give all for the club.”

Tottenham have placed Under-23s coach Ryan Mason in interim charge until the end of the season.


Cynics believe chairman Daniel Levy made the move to appease fans in the wake of Mourinho’s appointment and sacking, and the European Super League scandal.

But Lloris – whose Spurs face Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final at Wembley, insists former team-mate Mason is no cheerleader.

The France skipper said: “You would be surprised, you would be surprised. He’s ready.

“He knows exactly what to say to the players. He’s got the proximity to the players that’s helping him.

“Then it’s about the team leaders as well to show their leadership. But he’s got a real philosophy of football. It will surprise you.

“Honestly if the club gives him this responsibility it’s because he’s got the confidence of people at the club.

“He’s got the club’s DNA. Then he’s got the football approach he tried to bring to the team.

“I think in the second half of Wednesday's game against Southampton, we saw a bit his way and his approach.

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“Everything has happened so quickly. We only had two days to prepare for the game against Southampton and now it’s going to be a short time to the final on Sunday. But even with a short time, he gave us a team structure, a shape. He gave us his football approach.

“To be honest, he’s 29 years old but he shows more maturity than that. And confidence. He transmits this good energy to the players.

“To be honest, I think the players have more responsibility than before and we have to perform better and better to finish as strongly as we can.”

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