Hugo Lloris says he and his Tottenham Hotspur teammates were taken completely by surprise as Manchester United flew out the blocks during Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
The France international admitted that Mauricio Pochettino's players were not prepared for the ferocious start to the Premier League encounter, which saw the Red Devils cruise into an unassailable lead in the space of 35 first half minutes.
Lloris - one of the best goalkeeper's in England's top-flight - wasn't accountable for any of the goals conceded, but Spurs' collective defending left a lot to be desired, and they were ultimately punished by Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
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"It's not a game that we expected," reflected the 28-year-old in an interview with the north London club's official website. "We didn't see the Tottenham of this season and we can have regrets after this game because it was an opportunity for us.
"Now we need to keep working and keep our heads high because with nine games left, a lot could happen. We need to be ready and try to win as many games as possible."
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Tottenham had been hoping to draw level on points with Manchester United by securing victory at the Theatre of Dreams, but the defeat now leaves them six points adrift in the race for Champions League qualification.
With 50 points from 29 games played Spurs currently occupy seventh place in the Premier League table with Southampton and Liverpool also lying between themselves and the Red Devils in that all-important fourth spot.
Lloris knows that Spurs cannot afford to dwell on the weekend disappointment but must learn from the mistakes that they made against United, as they already look towards next Saturday's match against relegation threatened Leicester City at White Hart Lane.
"You cannot close your eyes to the first half [display at Old Trafford], you need to have feedback from everyone to see what happened," added the Frenchman. "But we need to stay positive and the players are already thinking about the next game."
The Manchester United defeat represented only the third loss in Tottenham's last 15 Premier League games, so it could well have just been a brief blip. However, the players will be well aware that they cannot afford to drop many more points if they are going to qualify for Europe's elite club competition next season.
End of season run-in
Thankfully, their run-in is relatively kind with Southampton and Manchester City the only sides currently in the top six that Spurs still have to play. They'll be hopeful of securing maximum points from other games against Burnley, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Stoke, Hull City and Everton on the last day of the 2014/15 campaign.
Tottenham fans: Where do you think Mauricio Pochettino's side will finish the 2014/15 campaign? Leave a prediction in the comment box below…
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