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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has leapt to the defence of Hugo Lloris, after the Frenchman made a calamitous error in the 2-1 win over Southampton.
The 32-year-old glovesman tried to be too clever on the ball with Danny Ings lurking, before the former Liverpool striker tackled Lloris on the goal-line and prodded into the net.
Luckily for the former Lyon keeper, his side still managed to get all three points thanks to goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane, the latter netting just four minutes after Lloris’ blunder.
Pochettino has since defended his No.1, and he is entirely right to do so.
The former Southampton manager said: “Don’t blame Hugo, blame me, I demand him to play in this way.
“He showed great mentality and that is why he is one of the best in the world.”
The Argentine has every right to defend his captain and is correct to do so, despite this error not being Lloris’ first.
In the past, Lloris has made mistakes ranging from one against Chelsea where he threw the ball out to a teammate and put him under pressure, to one in the World Cup final of all stages – he simply passed the ball to Mario Mandzukic who finished with ease.
However, Pochettino is enduring a rocky spell of his own as Spurs boss right now, with the sloppy draw against Olympiacos, having been 2-0 up, followed by a defeat to Leicester and a cup exit to Colchester.
As a result, the 47-year-old needs all hands on deck and also needs all of his players to be performing for him, something that they’ll have a better chance of doing if they have the trust and belief of the manager instilled in them.
Even if Pochettino was riding the crest of a wave in north London right now, he should still defend his players.
However, during a turbulent spell for himself personally at the club, leaping to Lloris’ defence is worth doing for selfish reasons.