By Coral Barry
Hugo Lloris has heaped praised on Mauricio Pochettino for transforming Tottenham into title contenders and claims he is the principal reason for the team’s unexpected rise.
Lloris, 29, has enjoyed an excellent season between the posts as part of the Premier League’s meanest backline and is confident Tottenham can overhaul leaders Leicester and claim their first title since 1961.
The high-flying Foxes are five points clear of second-placed Spurs with four games left to play and Lloris believes that despite the quality of the Tottenham squad, Pochettino is the key factor behind their remarkable season.
“We know what the manager expects, his tactical decisions and where he wants us to play,” said Lloris speaking to Sky Sports. “After two years, we know exactly what we have to do on the pitch.
“We try to be pro-active, try to get possession, win every challenge, be aggressive, play in the opponent’s half and create chances.
“Our philosophy is to be really pro-active and not wait for the opponent to make mistakes, but push them into making mistakes. We enjoy the way we are playing.”
In a campaign where Harry Kane has been virtually unstoppable up front with 24 league goals and summer recruit Dele Alli has scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in his first season in the top flight, Lloris is convinced Pochettino has had the greatest influence on Tottenham’s success.
On the pitch Spurs have smashed in 64 goals and conceded just 25 in their push for the title and Lloris believes that Pochettino’s coaching has been the defining feature of their year taking into account Tottenham finished a massive 23 points behind champions Chelsea last season.
The Spurs captain said: “The manager deserves a lot of credit for what the club is doing.
“He has changed a lot of things on the training ground, tactically and technically, he has his philosophy, and all the players are the right profile for him.
“On the pitch we are doing well, but the manager and the staff prepare us in the best way.”
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