Hugo Lloris has insisted that Tottenham Hotspur does not fear any opponent.
Mauricio Pochettino’s record against facing the ‘big six’ of the Premier League has come under some scrutiny, due to it reading: P18 W1 D6 L11.
This afternoon, Tottenham travel to Liverpool in a huge match for the race for Champions League football, but the club captain has revealed that they don’t change their style of play for any opponent.
The club faces an intense run of matches during February with matches against Liverpool, Newport County, Arsenal, Juventus and Crystal Palace.
“We will never change the way we play; this is the mentality of the manager,” Lloris told The Guardian.
“It is what he tries to teach us every day – to be brave and have no fear of the opponent, even if Liverpool is an aggressive team, too.
“We don’t really adapt the system against the opponent. We try to get control of the ball, get control of the game and try to bring the intensity. The key is aggression too because, if you let teams like Manchester United play, they have so much that they can beat you easily.
“That’s why teamwork is very important. Everyone knows what he has to do on the pitch defensively and offensively. Then, when you add the talent with the right spirit, you can make great things, like in the game of Wednesday [against United].”
“The manager sees football in a simple way,” Lloris said about Pochettino.
“It’s just the way we play – trying to get the control, trying not to fear the opponent, trying to be brave and working hard every day to be competitive. To always try to push the limits.
“This is the professional side to him and the human side is fantastic, too, because his door is always open to the players. He always tries to help, whether it is football or other things in life like your family. He will always give the chance to a player and then it is up to the player. The manager’s passion is amazing – for the game and the work and, also, for the human side.”
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