Mauricio Pochettino reveals whether Hugo Lloris will start against Crystal Palace

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has thrown his full support behind under pressure goalkeeper Hugo Lloris ahead of tomorrow’s match against Crystal Palace.

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has confirmed that he will keep faith with his captain and will start the Premier League match which will be the first to be held at the club’s new 62,062 capacity seater stadium.

Lloris’ reliability was once again thrown into the spotlight when he made a horrendous error in the 90th minute of the match against Liverpool on Sunday to condemn his side to a 2-1 loss at Anfield.

The French World Cup winner has developed a reputation for high profile gaffes in recent seasons, his decision making was at fault for Barcelona’s opener in the Champions League group stage defeat at Wembley earlier in the campaign.

Some sections of the Spurs support had been calling for Pochettino to instead start with Paulo Gazzaniga, but in typical fashion, he has shown his loyalty to his players.

Pochettino told the pre-match press conference: “He is my captain and one of the best keepers in the world. No doubt. Always we talk when someone missed in front of the goal the last touch, in that case it was a little bit unlucky for him and the lack of reaction from our players.

“No doubt Hugo is one of the best and will be in goal tomorrow. It’s a situation that is so painful and we deserved more. We have to be strong and back our players. Hugo was so important for us over 5 years and is one of the most important players for the future of the club.”

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  1. Poch is correct, Lloris needs support and fans are too quick to jump on players (especially loyal players like Hugo, who in 7 years has never once said a bad word about the club).
    People quickly forget his performance against Dortmund when he spills a short range header against a good Liverpool side. Realistically, it would cost upwards of 50m to get in a keeper of Hugos calibre, even with Hugos off days he has more on days. Spurs simply don’t have that sort of money for a keeper.
    The no signings this season will put huge pressure on us this summer, especially when you remember that we are losing our best central defender AND our playmaker in the same summer. Those will likely be expensive to replace, particularly Eriksen (Davies could possibly be moved into central defence but then we need another left fullback). Then factor in that our right fullback position has been dire all season, we need to replace Dembele, we may be forcing Llorente, Wanyama and Lamela (our only other real intelligent creative player after Eriksen and All) out the door through lack of game time. Where in all of that mess can we afford a new keeper?
    Remember Wengers words in the magnificent 7 summer, where he said signing more than 3 or 4 players in a summer would likely have more of a destabilising effect on the squad? He was correct. I am of the strong opinion that losing your main playmaker also has a destabilizing effect. We have put ourselves in a position where we will likely need to do both this summer.
    So this summer we need 1 or 2 top fullbacks, 1 or 2 top central midfielders, a creative attacking midfielder and maybe a top central defender. I would be of the opinion that we should extend Llorente as he finally seems to have clicked with Pochs system this season and we should be keeping Lamela as we are likely going to desperately need him next term without Eriksen. How much will we likely have to spend this summer? I would say at best 200m, and what will that buy us in todays market, remembering we don’t have Paul Mitchells savvy eye for a player any longer?


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