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Giovani Lo Celso has opened up on Tottenham’s Wembley disaster – admitting they were devastated to let the fans down.
A 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final last Sunday means the club’s silverware drought continues into a 14th year.
And Lo Celso has revealed the heartache at their failure to land that elusive trophy – and provide some long-overdue joy to the supporters.
Ahead of today’s home clash against doomed basement-boys Sheffield United, the Argentine midfielder conceded: “We were very, very down in the dressing-room afterwards.
“It was a feeling of great sadness at losing the game. We were disappointed we couldn’t bring a trophy home for the supporters. That’s what we wanted to do for the club and for the fans.
“That was our big desire and it was a pity. We played okay but these big games, in particular finals, get decided on small details. It was a shame to lose to a goal from a dead-ball situation.
“As a team and as a squad, we felt very hurt by the loss.”
Talking of finals, Lo Celso reckons there are five more left for Spurs to save a season that had promised so much early on.
Maximum points between now and May 22 could enable the North Londoners, who following Jose Mourinho’s sacking have Ryan Mason as caretaker coach, to snatch a top four finish.
Do that – and qualify for the Champions League in the process – and the team, who were leading the league four months ago, will have something to show for their efforts.
Coming into this weekend, Spurs were seventh, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Lo Celso, 25,went on: “I don’t think there’s any apparent reason or explanation for some of the results we’ve had.
“We put in some great performances and played some great games but sometimes that’s not been the case.
“We can almost treat these next five games like five finals – must-win games. It’s like an apprenticeship, it’s a process of getting through them and learning about ourselves.
“We’re part of a very big club here and everyone has very high expectations. Those expectations are to be in the Champions League.”
Lo Celso points to two games – and two morale-crushing defeats – that changed everything for the worse and eventually led to Mourinho’s dismissal two weeks ago.
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Firstly there was the 2-1 league reverse at champions Liverpool before Christmas. Then came last month’s shock Europa League last 16-exit at the hands of Dinamo Kiev.
”We were top of the league in December and a key turning point was Liverpool away. We were unlucky in that game, it didn’t turn out well and we lost,” said the ex-Real Betis and Paris Saint-Germain star.
“And Zagreb was a big, big disappointment. Losing the way we did hurt everyone a lot.
“We’re realistic enough to know you have to turn the page and put these things behind you. It's true to say, though, it did affect us.”
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