Tottenham fans will be eagerly awaiting the opening game tonight at their new stadium, and will not have been able to sleep last night. However, there is one worrying factor going into the game and that is the recent comments from Mauricio Pochettino on Hugo Lloris, as he publicly backed the goalkeeper with his comments on the BBC.
Mauricio Pochettino speaking today on #thfc captain Hugo Lloris: "Hugo is one of the best and he is going to be in goal tomorrow. He is my captain, he is one of the best keepers in the world. That is not in doubt." [BBC]
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) April 2, 2019
Tottenham fans are in little doubt that Hugo Lloris is a very good goalkeeper, however, the problem lies in his timely and costly errors. It’s all well and good making save after save and playing very well if you’re only going to go and fumble the ball into your own net with 30 seconds left on the clock in a big game, and that is exactly what happened at Anfield on Sunday, so you can’t blame the fans for being upset.
Regardless, it seems that Pochettino is desperate to stick by his goalkeeper, and the Frenchman owes a lot to Poch for the way that the Argentine has backed him through thick and thin. No matter how many mistakes the 32-year-old has made he’s always in line for another start, and even when he went through his rough patch at the back end of 2018 as he was arrested for drink-driving, the Lilywhites’ gaffer kept the faith when most would not, leading to an uproar from the fans.
You can read the Lilywhites’ frustrated verdict on Pochettino’s Lloris backing here:
Blinded by loyalty
— CarlTHFC (@CarlAvo10) 2 April 2019
Christ almighty – he’s lost the plot.
— Jamie Scott (@jamiescott610) April 2, 2019
Sometimes I wonder if Poch sees other games than all of us
— Ayensu (@ekowayensu__) 2 April 2019
Absolute joke. Poch is as spineless as the team.
— J (@Flembo889) April 2, 2019
He’s right of course, but he makes too many stupid mistakes. He needs to focus.
— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) April 2, 2019
— Pipes 71 (@pipecocksenior) April 2, 2019
Oh it’s heavily in doubt Magic Man
— To Dare Is Too Dear (@toDAREistooDEAR) April 2, 2019
Don’t think now is the time to change but I’d be disappointed if it’s not addressed in the summer. If your captains mentally weak how can you expect the rest of the team to be strong. Very difficult situation for poch don’t envy him.
— billnic’shometownboy (@BNhometownboy) April 2, 2019
The Lilywhites would much rather see Paulo Gazzaniga given a run in the side and believe that Pochettino is making a grave mistake by sticking with Lloris.