Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that under-fire goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will start in Tottenham’s inaugural game at their new stadium against Crystal Palace on Wednesday despite his latest gaffe against Liverpool at the weekend.
Lloris has been heavily criticised for his role in Liverpool’s 90th-minute winner during their 2-1 victory over Spurs at Anfield on Sunday after he deflected a Mohamed Salah header onto Toby Alderweireld to score an own goal.
That it was far from Lloris’ first major error in an important game has led to a clamour amongst Spurs supporters for him to be dropped at the expense of Paulo Gazzaniga. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Lloris has committed more errors leading to goals (11) than any other Premier League goalkeeper.
However, ahead of the game on Wednesday, Pochettino reiterated his belief that Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and was adamant that the Frenchman has a big part to play in the club’s future.
‘He is my captain. He’s one of the best keepers in the world. There’s no doubt,’ Pochettino said when asked whether Lloris would play against Palace.
‘Always we talk when something happens or someone misses in front of the goal, or in this case, because I think it was a situation that was a little bit unlucky for him, and then the lack of reaction maybe of our players, it happened that we conceded a goal.
‘But there’s no doubt that Hugo is one of the best and he’s going to be tomorrow in the goal.
‘It’s a situation that is so painful because I think we deserved more, but in that kind of situation, which happens in football, it’s only to be strong and back our player.
‘I think Hugo is going to be, like always, great for us. He was great for us. He was so important in all that process in five years, and for sure he’s going to be one of the most important players for the future of the club too.’