Hugo Lloris has said Tottenham must block out criticism following Saturday’s defeat to Burnley ahead of an important week of fixtures.
Spurs lost ground in the Premier League title race over the weekend, losing 2-1 against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Harry Kane returned to action and found the net with a well-taken equaliser midway through the second half, but goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes ensured victory for the hosts.
After the game, Tottenham were criticised for failing to keep up their title challenge in a winnable match.
But captain Lloris refused to accept the condemnation from those outside the club, insisting everyone at Spurs knows what they are fighting for.
“I don’t really care what people say,” Lloris said (via the London Evening Standard). “We [the players] are inside the club – we know what’s happening here. We need to keep strong and don’t lose energy to listen or to read what is happening outside.
“Before we think about playing for titles, the next week is very decisive. Afterwards, we will see where we are in the table.”
Spurs now face two crucial London derbies, starting with Wednesday’s clash with EFL Cup final losers Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
After that, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will battle Arsenal at Wembley before next week’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Borussia Dortmund.
It’s a potentially huge week for Tottenham, who will be hoping to keep their fading title hopes alive and progress to the quarter-finals in Europe.