Mauricio Pochettino: no need for Hugo Lloris to apologise for red card

Mauricio Pochettino: no need for Hugo Lloris to apologise for red card

Mauricio Pochettino: no need for Hugo Lloris to apologise for red card

Wednesday's mistake at PSV came just days after his man-of-the-match performance against West Ham and Pochettino believes Lloris deserves more respect, insisting he is one of the best keepers in the world. Anyway, it wasn't a mistake - it was an action and a sending-off.

Despite Alderweireld running back to block, Lozano's effort deflected off the Belgian's boot to send the ball over a rooted Lloris.

A moment of madness saw Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris sent off in the 79th minute, though, and a rejuvenated PSV grabbed a point with De Jong's close-range flick in the 87th minute. "In my opinion, no [it was not a red card] but we can't blame the referee", he said.

They face PSV at Wembley in their next fixture.

Harry Kane will have to emulate the feats of Bobby Smith, Spurs' top scorer from that season, to give his side a fighting chance - Smith scored 28 goals in that season.

Vorm's first task was to push away a superb free-kick at the base of the post, only to be caught ball-watching when Luuk de Jong poked a loose ball past him with three minutes left on the clock.

The French World Cup victor was immediately shown a red card, with Spurs manager Pochettino taking off Son Heung Min for second-choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

Kane tried in vain for a victor but his stoppage-time shot was blocked to condemn Spurs to what looks likely to be an unseemly scuffle with PSV for the dreaded third place and a spot in the Europa League.

However, Pochettino was not certain the 22-year-old would be pushed straight back into the squad after missing the last three games due to a hamstring injury.

"I think at this time of the season it's a disappointment". However, most of of their games are very low scoring. The problem is when you are so good, you dominate the game and create the chances and you can't kill the game.

"We said it was a must-win and we didn't get a win". "We'll see what happens with Barca and Inter". "Many things happened. Sometimes we need to understand that football is how it is". It was a heavy night for us. But, just as against Inter Milan two weeks ago when it lost 2-1, Mark van Bommel's team could not protect its lead. "We are happy that he started (to train) today with the group". Unused subs: Room, Isimat-Mirin, Behich, Gakpo, Sainsbury, Ramselaar, Gutierrez.

He played a crucial role in their first goal, as his delightfully weighted ball found Kieran Trippier, who in turn found Lucas to apply the finish.

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