A 2-2 first-leg draw in Turin last month means Tottenham – fourth in the Premier League and in the last eight of the FA Cup – are favourites to progress, but Lloris is only too aware how quickly things can go wrong.
“It’s true we have a small advantage because we scored two goals away from home,” said the French goalkeeper.
“But if you don’t have the right energy, the right mentality and the right attitude, things can turn very quickly.
“I feel the club and team is growing stronger every season. Most of the players have been here for two, three or four years together.
“Now we must enjoy it. We have arrived at the most important part of the season and where we can win or lose everything.
“Our ambition is to improve, to develop, and the first step is to reduce the gap to the best teams in Europe.
“That’s not just in one season, but season by season and for the future.”
Toby Alderweireld will miss the Wembley showdown due to his hamstring problem while fellow defender Serge Aurier is suspended.
Having already beaten Real Madrid in the group stage, Tottenham’s reputation across the continent continues to grow.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has told his players to grasp their latest opportunity to make another big statement.
“It’s been step by step, a little step every season,” said Pochettino. “You can see the team is more mature. We are going to enjoy the game.
“We know very well we are playing one of the best teams in Europe but we are a brave team and we are very positive people.
“We need to think that we can win, we always think in this way. If we are able to play in the way we normally do then we will be close to winning.”
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Pep Guardiola‘s side head into the second leg of their last-16 tie against Basel holding a 4-0 lead from the first meeting between the sides in Switzerland three weeks ago.
City are now rated among the favourites to win the competition but midfielder Gundogan is not getting carried away with any such thoughts.
The German said: “It is something that it is not in our heads. People like to see us at the same level as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich but we still feel we need to compete with these teams. We are not there yet.
“But we are in a very good way and if we have to play one day against them, we want to be ready.”
City have kicked on over the past fortnight to win the Carabao Cup and move within four wins of reclaiming the Premier League crown.
Wednesday’s outing at the Etihad Stadium should be a formality but City are determined not to let their current intensity levels drop.
Gundogan said: “It doesn’t matter how the first leg was, even with that result. The Champions League is a big stage for us and of course we want to win it. We want to play in a really serious way and we want to play our way.”
Manager Guardiola sees the game as an important test of his players’ focus. Even though overturning the deficit might be beyond Basel, Guardiola wants his players mentally sharp.
He said: “We start again from zero. We have to be focused not to make a mistake – just be focused on what we have to do, offensively and defensively, to control the game and go through. That is the target.”
Guardiola has stressed the importance of maintaining discipline, highlighting that some of the errors his players have made recently would be costly if repeated in the Champions League.
He said: “If people say we are favourites it is because maybe so far we have done really good.
“But if what happened in Wigan happens in the Champions League – with the red card for Fabian Delph after 44 minutes – you don’t win the Champions League.
“The action from Oleksandr Zinchenko in the first half (against Chelsea) on Victor Moses – it was ‘orange’, could be yellow, could be red – and if it is red you are out of the Champions League.
“Sometimes in the Champions League it’s not about how you play. We have to be calm.”
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A goalless draw at home to Porto confirmed Liverpool’s place in the last eight – their first for nine years – which was already virtually guaranteed after their 5-0 first-leg victory last month.
Heading into this round of matches Klopp’s side were the competition’s top scorers with 28 goals and he believes that has already proved they can compete on their return after a three-year absence.
“It should not be a big surprise,” he said.
“I never had a time schedule in my mind where I thought ‘we have to be there and then have to be there’.
“Actually, I don’t want to make it smaller than it is, but on the other side I don’t want to make it bigger than it is.
“This year we belong there, to be honest. Next round will be very difficult, that is clear. There will be seven other very good teams, maybe another four from England which does not make it easier.
“I think we will have a chance, for sure, to get through to the semis and that of course is the target.
“Take it step by step. It is cool absolutely. This is our first year when we had the opportunity to do it so I think we are in time.
“We are a little bit satisfied, to be honest. There is a good development in Liverpool, a nice moment.
“It is good, it is done and now let’s carry on.”
Klopp made five changes for the match but played two of his front three in Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for 62 and 74 minutes respectively while 32-goal forward Mohamed Salah was sent on for the last 20 minutes.
Critics will question the Red boss’ wisdom in doing so with Manchester United at Old Trafford up next at the weekend, but the German insists he was doing his Egypt international a favour.
“Everyone thinks about injuries but that can happen all the time,” he added.
“Now we thought we give him, if possible, the last 20. If it is 15 he trains again on Wednesday.
“I told him if he really runs a lot he does not have to train so I thought he was quite lively.”
Of the other changes Klopp said: “(Andrew) Robertson had an issue but not big. It was not about rotation, only about the next line-up.
“It was not too intense for Sadio even though he was lively. It was very important for Adam (Lallana), getting used to the rhythm, and for Ingsy (Danny Ings) a few minutes.
“Joe Gomez playing after a few weeks was important. Now we can prepare the Manchester game and I am looking forward to it.”