Pochettino: Lloris injury had massive impact on Tottenham

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino gave an update on Hugo Lloris and apologised to the club's fans following Saturday's loss.

Medical staff attend to Hugo Lloris   -  Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino claimed the loss of Hugo Lloris to a serious arm injury had a major psychological impact on Tottenham Hotspur in its chastening 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs captain Lloris was given oxygen before being carried from the pitch on a stretcher during the opening stages of Saturday's clash at the Amex Stadium.

The goalkeeper suffered the injury when he spilled a routine cross, stumbled backwards and planted his left arm, which appeared to buckle as he steadied his fall.

Neal Maupay nodded home the loose ball at point-blank range and Brighton went on to add a further two through teenager Aaron Connolly.

The sight of Lloris in agony and a fifth defeat of the season in all competitions capped a demoralising week for Tottenham, which was hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

 

"I think the news is not good," Pochettino said of the France international, who was taken to hospital.

"We have to wait, the club is going to explain the real situation. Everyone saw on the pitch when he landed that it wasn't a good situation."

He added: "Of course it affected the game. We cannot take the credit from Brighton, but the team suffered a massive impact from that action.

"We tried to find a different way to play in the second half and we didn't have much luck.

"At 3-0 you could see the game was over. I want to say sorry to the fans and thank them for their massive effort."

Tottenham, still seemingly scarred by the result in midweek, offered little resistance after falling behind as it limped to a first defeat to Brighton in 36 years.

Firm in commitment

Pochettino reiterated his commitment to Tottenham and denied being concerned about his job status.

"My commitment is there after five and a half years," Pochettino said.

 

"The pundits on the TV need to talk and give their opinions. From my position, I need to accept the criticism. It's not going to change my view the pundit.

"I know very well the business. The faith, the belief is there. I am so strong with that.

While claiming decisions over his future are beyond his control, Pochettino said the prospect of losing his job was not worth fretting about.

"I am not worried," he said. "What worries me is life, not football. Football is a game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

"Maybe the last two games is a tough situation to accept but I'm not going to be a philosopher.

"What scares me is life, not football. Football is to be strong, to be brave, to take decisions and, of course, face up to things when they are not good.

"That's what we are going to do – face the negative things and try to work hard to change this dynamic."

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