Lloris: Chelsea defeat won't hurt Tottenham title bid

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The Spurs captain believes that the White Hart Lane outfit will bounce back from defeat to the league leaders in the FA Cup semi-final

Hugo Lloris says Tottenham are not too damaged by their 4-2 defeat to Chelsea and will be ready to fight for the Premier League title in a busy week for both clubs.

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The two top teams in England were drawn to face each other in the FA Cup semi-final but will quickly turn their attentions to the title race with Chelsea playing Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday while Spurs face an away trip to Crystal Palace the following night. 

The Blues will then visit Everton at Goodison Park, while Spurs welcome their north London rivals Arsenal to White Hart Lane immediately afterwards.

And Lloris has called for his side to keep believing despite being knocked out of the FA Cup after their encouraging performance at Wembley Stadium. 

“We knew before that this game can have maybe an impact for the rest of the season," Lloris said. "But you know, in football you need to believe because everything is possible. And we don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks.

"They are human and that’s the case for us. The only thing that we can do is keep working hard, keep believing and playing the same way that we play in the last few weeks.”

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“It’s my fifth season for Tottenham. And I can see the team is enjoying the fight and being able to compete against the best teams. It was the case today again. We took together all responsibility. You know, the most important thing, you can win, you can lose, but with your identity.

"It was the case today. That makes us proud. Because especially, in a great moment in football, like a semi-final of an FA Cup, you can lose your focus, lose your ability, you cannot play in the way that you’re used to playing. But it was not the case today.”

Lloris only faced five shots but was beaten by four of them as Chelsea booked a final place against Arsenal with manager Mauricio Pochettino feeling that Spurs were the better team after the match but that Chelsea were just more clinical.

And Lloris echoed his manager's sentiments and insists his team-mates have to remain confident of success. 

“I’m not sure, I’m not sure [if experience was a factor]," he added. "As I said, from the beginning we ran after the game, we ran after the score. We played in the way we wanted to play, that’s the most important thing.

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"That’s why we have to keep our chins up. We made a good performance. And then it is about details. Chelsea, they are used to winning trophies. It’s a winning team. And maybe they have more experience than us.

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"But we try to make a good balance. In the way we play, we try to push, try to get everything in offside in the way we play. But it was not enough. In football there is always a part of luck.

"I’m still thinking that after that game. Because we tried our best but unfortunately they were more clinical than us.”