The gaffer isn’t dwelling on the loss against Manchester City – and nor should he in public – Mauricio told PA Sport:
“After 14 games unbeaten, it was a massive, massive run for us,” he said. “We played Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and 14 games unbeaten I think the players deserve full credit. We are disappointed but not frustrated or sad because when we increased our level and showed our real quality we showed we can compete against Manchester City – the best team in England.”
What he’s said there is in fact garbage.
There was no increase of ‘level’ or ‘quality’ against City who were unlucky in the end not to win by a bigger margin.
Spurs were lacking in virtually every department with only Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen accrediting themselves.
When it came to let-downs, it was a toss up between Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris for the title of ‘Least Effective Player Of The Night’.
For me Hugo edges it on the basis that he’s supposed to be a solid goalie and a solid captain.
He was lacking in both departments, yet again.
Poch’s line, “For me Hugo Lloris is, from the day that we arrive here, improving every season,” is frankly embarrassing. Chemical Ali territory.
Pochettino continued: “But for me Hugo Lloris is doing fantastic, for me he is one of the best keepers in the world and for me there is no doubt about him.”
The truth is, there are major doubts about the Frenchman and even whilst clinging onto the ‘People want goal keepers who don’t make mistakes – and they simply don’t exist‘ maxim, Lloris is not one of the best keepers in the world.
He may not be the best goalkeeper at Spurs, right now.
Furthermore, his position as Captain is nonsensical, he clearly doesn’t talk to anyone. This isn’t ‘perception’, this is evidence based fact based upon having watched him play for several years now.
In private, one can only hope he’s being less economical with the truth.