‘I am happy’ – Pochettino’s strange opinion on Llorente’s performance

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur clinched a last minute victory against their London rivals Fulham yesterday in the Premier League, despite the best efforts of Fernando Llorente.

The Spanish front man was into the side for just his second start in the Prem, with Harry Kane out injured until early March.

Normally Heung Min Son, or even Lucas Moura, would take Kane’s place up front, but they were away on international duty and injured respectively.

This left Llorente as Pochettino’s only real option up top, and the former World Cup winner got off to a nightmare start as he turned the ball into his own net in the first half.

Spurs struggled to recover from this mistake, and Fulham were unlucky not to go two ahead before half time.

Llorente then missed a host of chances to equalise, and later to win the game, with his blushes eventually saved by teammates Dele Alli and Harry Winks.

Despite this awful showing, Pochettino had this to say on Llorente’s performance (Football London): “I am happy, very. He fought over 90 minutes, he added to the team his characteristics and quality. He had a few chances to score, a little bit unlucky. I think he’s now a little bit tired after 90 minutes in the Premier League but that’s normal.”

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