Spurs without Alli and Lloris for Liverpool clash

Annette Crawford
September 14, 2018

Hugo Lloris will remain Tottenham captain, despite being sentenced for drink-driving this week.

Lloris was convicted for drink-driving after being pulled over in his vehicle and breathalysed - which revealed he had over double the legal alcohol limit in his system while at the wheel.

While midfielder Alli remains sidelined by the hamstring problem he picked up in England's defeat to Spain, goalkeeper Lloris is out for several weeks with the thigh injury he sustained in Spurs' 3-0 win over Manchester United. "I have no doubt about that".

Pochettino said: "He already knew that it was a big mistake". He made a mistake and is suffering, and is punishing himself. Of course he's lucky there was no outcome - that is important - and it is a massive lesson for him, a life lesson. Because he is a clever, he learns and now he is going to move on'.

Pochettino was unsurprised by any of the details that emerged on Wednesday, having spoken to the player soon after last month's arrest. "We are not God, we can't judge people". We can all make mistakes.

Lloris was on Monday fined £50,000 (US$65,000) and handed a 20-month driving ban for drink-driving.

He said a taxi which had booked cancelled so Lloris made "the first of a number of unwise decisions" and chose to drive home. "Every club has the right to explain what they want".

For Pochettino, Lloris's situation is an example of the many distractions that take managers' and players' attentions away from preparing for matches.

"I am not going to talk about individual things".

Spurs fans will hope that their number one returns to club duty ready to display the kind of form that has earned him a place among the top 'keepers in European football, to help the team keep pace with the front-runners in the league. Only we need to try (to ensure) that he understands that it was a mistake.

'And of course it's more complicated today to be a manager than 20 or 30 years ago'.

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