Hugo Lloris has received a very formal backing from his manager Mauricio Pochettino – and many Tottenham fans on Twitter have been left fuming by his comments.
It’s not often that Spurs fans disagree with their boss Pochettino, but some feel he’s got it extremely wrong when it comes to their goalkeeper.
Lloris once again made an individual error in the defeat to Liverpool at the weekend and he’s made several blips throughout the campaign to suggest he is on the decline.
The 32-year-old club captain has not quite been the same since winning the World Cup with France in the summer and has been prone to a mistake.
Pochettino has shown great support for the shot-stopper ahead of the club’s next game on Wednesday night, as Spurs play their first match in a new stadium and the Frenchman will once again start in goal against Crystal Palace.
“He is my captain, he is one of the best keepers in the world,” Pochettino said, as quoted by BBC Sport. “That is not in doubt. Hugo is one of the best and he is going to be in goal tomorrow. It is a situation that is so painful because we deserved more.
“We have to be strong and back our players. Hugo is going to be great for us and will be one of the most important players for the future of the club.”
A selection of Spurs fans on social media believe that Pochettino is wrongly loyal to the number one goalkeeper and some want him dropped from the team.
Paulo Gazzaniga can consider himself unfortunate as the number two goalkeeper, as he has barely put a foot wrong whenever he’s played and his distribution out from the back is exceptional.
The pressure is certainly mounting on Lloris though and he needs to try justify Pochettino sticking his neck on the line for him.
Here are some of the Spurs fans disagreeing with Pochettino:
Blinded by loyalty ?
— CarlTHFC (@CarlAvo10) April 2, 2019
Don’t think now is the time to change but I’d be disappointed if it’s not addressed in the summer. If your captains mentally weak how can you expect the rest of the team to be strong. Very difficult situation for poch don’t envy him.
— billnic’shometownboy (@BNhometownboy) April 2, 2019
Oh it’s heavily in doubt Magic Man
— To Dare Is Too Dear (@toDAREistooDEAR) April 2, 2019
Sometimes I wonder if Poch sees other games than all of us
— ??乇koω Ayensu 乇ssαħ ?? (@ekowayensu__) April 2, 2019
Absolute joke. Poch is as spineless as the team.
— J (@Flembo889) April 2, 2019
Christ almighty – he’s lost the plot.
— Jamie Scott (@jamiescott610) April 2, 2019
Love Poch but think one of his biggest flaws is his irrevocable faith in some of the starting 11. There are some players who cannot be dropped in his eyes and Lloris and Eriksen are 2 of them, both of whom had stinkers on Sunday.
— Chilli Sundog (@ChilliSundog) April 2, 2019
Is he deluded? He’s not even the best goalkeeper at Spurs anymore!
— Samuel Nathan (@_SamuelNathan) April 2, 2019