Llloris insists players are not distracted by Pochettino’s future

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris says the players will not be distracted by speculation about Pochettino’s future ahead of the Champions League Final.

Pochettino raised further question marks over his willingness to stay at Spurs when he suggested last week that the clash with Liverpool on June 1 could be his last game for the club.

Speaking before Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Everton, which secured a fourth straight season of Champions League football for the club, the Argentine said he would be “stupid” to stay at Spurs if they expect similar success without changing how they are run.

Lloris, who has previously stated his future is “tied to Pochettino”, said: “As a player and even as a captain, it’s important for me to stay in my place.


“I understand what the gaffer means. I’ve been with him for five years and we’ve lived through different situations and tried to deal with them.

“He’s very ambitious and wants to know where we’re going and where he’s going. That type of discussion is only between him and the board.

“We [the players] are going to be focused only on the final. We all have a lot of respect for the manager. He’s done so much for us and helped us to improve. If Tottenham is at this level, it’s thanks to him.

“It’s massive to play a Champions League Final and we’ll do everything to win. The priority now is to rest. The only focus next week is to recover and be ready in Madrid.

“You could see how tired the team was in the second half [yesterday]. We finished on our knees.”

Many of the 60,124 supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium had minds elsewhere during an entertaining but tension-free finale. Everton fans were focused on events at Anfield and the Amex Stadium, while everyone else in the ground was still basking in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final comeback or thinking ahead to Madrid.

For Spurs, any lingering fears Arsenal could leapfrog them with a eight-goal swing quickly dissipated with Eric Dier’s early strike, although Everton responded through a quick-fire double from Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun.

Christian Eriksen’s direct free-kick ensured Spurs could enjoy their end-of-season awards — dominated by the suspended Heung-min Son — and lap of honour without tasting defeat and guaranteed a third straight season as top dogs in north London, which has barely registered according to Lloris.

“We don’t look at that type of thing,” said Lloris. “It can satisfy some people but not us. It’s like in life; you don’t have to look at your neighbour and compare. You need to be focused on yourself to develop and improve.”

(Standard Sport)

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