Leicester Tigers' Geordan Murphy says club is at lowest point in 20 years

Geordan Murphy joined Leicester's coaching staff following his retirement in 2013. Michael Steele/Getty Images

Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy has said the club is at its lowest point in 20 years following their Champions Cup defeat to Racing 92 on Sunday.

The result means the Tigers have lost eight matches in a row and are on the verge of exiting the Champions Cup at the group stage. The 10-time English champions are also only three points off the bottom of the Premiership table having won only three league games all season.

Murphy, who represented Leicester 205 times during his 15-year playing career, has been in charge since September following the dismissal of Matt O'Connor and told reporters at Welford Road that he had not experienced a lower time at the club.

"From my experience it is the lowest ebb in the time that I have been here. It's really tough," Murphy said.

"We are on an horrific run, confidence is low and Harlequins will come here next Saturday and really sense blood in the water.

"The players are working hard in training and working hard on the field, but we are making silly errors in attack and defence."

Tries from Teddy Iribaran, Virimi Vakataw and a double from Juan Imhoff made the difference for Racing while Scotland fly-half Finn Russell added 14 points from the tee to complete a 34-11 win.

"We are stretched player-wise and are right to the limit with injuries -- players are broken," Murphy added, "but I don't see anyone not trying."