Hugo Lloris has lifted the lid on life under manager Mauricio Pochettino according to an article in The Daily Mail.
According to the article the Tottenham captain believes Mauricio Pochettino has transformed him from simply a shot-stopper to at times the team’s 11th outfield man due to the emphasis placed on his ability with the ball at his feet.
The article adds that Lloris was asked if he hates partaking in “El Rondo”, a training drill where players stand in a circle trying to pass the ball without a defender claiming possession, Lloris told Spanish news outlet AS: ‘No, because now with Toni Jimenez (the goalkeeping coach) I feel like the 11th player.
”Maybe when I was 10, it was different, but now the keeper has to restart play. In teams managed by Pochettino, the keeper has to play out from the back. In the rondos I try to avoid the middle but I like this kind of exercise because it helps me to work with my feet and it’s fun too.”
The free-flowing football Pochettino has brought to Spurs is not just the responsibility of the skilful players at the club, it’s every player. The article adds that so much emphasis placed on the style Mauricio wants played.
Lloris admitted: ‘I am worried with playing it long or short, but always keeping possession because I don’t want to lose the ball.’
The Frenchman has to adjust his methods in the gym too. He said: “When I first met Toni and Mauricio, I started spending more time in the gym and looking after my body, developing more muscle and improving my technique,’ The keeper added.
‘I spend a lot of time with him and with Toni looking at videos and they showed me what they expected from me. The first few weeks, you wonder if what they are trying to do will work but after you start to notice at training and later in the game and then you think, “Okay, maybe they’re right”.’
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