Sigurdsson: San Siro exploits ‘played part’ in Tottenham’s loss to Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson believes their exploits against Inter Milan took their toll in 1-0 loss to Fulham on Sunday

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Andre Villas-Boas signed Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea last summer Photo: Back Page Images

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Gylfi Sigurdsson admits Tottenham Hotspur’s exploits against Inter Milan probably contributed to their 1-0 loss to Fulham on Sunday.

Spurs set up a Europa League quarter-final clash against Basel with an aggregate victory over Inter after a demanding 120 minutes at the San Siro last Thursday.

Andre Villas-Boas’s side looked noticeably jaded in Sunday’s London derby as Dimitar Berbatov scored the winner to leave his former side’s top-four aspirations in doubt.

And the Iceland international believes they were affected by the last-16 second-leg tie.

“We just never got going,” Sigurdsson is quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“It was almost as if everyone was a bit down and there wasn’t enough energy or movement. There was just something missing from our game.”

He added: “I don’t want to be making excuses but the 120 minutes from Thursday night probably played a bit of a part [against Fulham], and also the travelling, but we could have played better even if we were tired.

“It could have been a factor but we have to make sure we are fresh and ready for the next game.

Arsenal and Chelsea were both victorious at the weekend, with the Blues moving ahead of Spurs into third position, while the Gunners are now four points behind the White Hart Lane outfit.

Despite back-to-back defeats by Liverpool and Fulham in the Premier League, Sigurdsson says Villas-Boas’s men remain confident about their chances of finishing in the top four.

“We are still confident for the Champions League,” added Sigurdsson.

“We’ve shown during the season that we are more than capable. We’ve had a couple of bad results but we won’t start doubting ourselves.”

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