Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has claimed that the altercations that broke out between Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min at the half-time whistle during Monday’s win against Everton was premeditated and intended for show.
Lloris was visibly irate at Son after the half-time whistle went and the pair had to be separated by other players as they made their way into the dressing room.
The issue was seemingly quickly resolved as the pair embraced each other before the start of the second half and hugged it out again after the final whistle.
Hugo Lloris admitted after the game that he was angry that the South Korean did not do more to stop the Toffees launching an attack in stoppage time at the end of the first-half but insisted that the incident was forgotten.
Jose Mourinho revealed that he was happy with the incident as it showed that his players cared and were demanding of each other.
However, Sherwood believes that the pair had put on a show for the cameras and questioned why it had not been done inside the dressing room.
As quoted by The Mirror, the former Spurs boss said: “Do it in the dressing room. I wouldn’t do it for the show.
“I think he’s done it for the show there. It’s very out of character for Hugo, he hardly says a word!
“He’s wearing the armband for his performances and he’s captain for France too, where he won the World Cup.
“He’s a very good goalkeeper but very level-headed [normally]. This is totally out of character.
“They do care [ Tottenham’s squad], I’m sure they care – there’s not a player there that doesn’t care.
“But a premeditated little scuffle on the pitch? It’s not my cup of tea. It should be left for the dressing room.
“If they’re going to have a fight then have a fight. Not putting someone in between them. It was like a big act.
“I’ve been in games where there has been fights but the red mist comes over and there’s no stopping them.
“But nobody wanted to fight there. It was premeditated in my opinion. It’s something that should be left to the dressing room.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While Sherwood is right in saying it was better off being left for the dressing room, I certainly do not think Hugo’s actions were premeditated or intended for the cameras. The Spurs skipper was visibly upset at Son, even though replays suggest that it is harsh to blame the South Korean for failing to track back for Everton’s last attack. His reaction showed that Mourinho’s words after the defeat against the Blades has had an effect on the players.
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