‘99% doesn’t cut it’ – Poch reveals surprise fall-out with Tottenham mainstay
By Guy Giles
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that a moment of misjudgement caused a rift between him and captain Hugo Lloris, and that the problems caused took a while to heal.
The revelation is a surprise one considering the close nature of Pochettino’s relationship with his captain, and the Argentine has said that the two now have total trust in each other.
Speaking in his book A Brave New World, Pochettino explained how Lloris had sustained a wrist fracture while on holiday in Ibiza, but he failed to tell the Spurs coaching staff about the injury until much later because the fracture was not initially visible.
Pochettino said he eventually received a text from Lloris, but did not reply. He explained, as quoted by football.london: “At the start of pre-season I told him to come to my office. It wasn’t the injury that bothered me, more the fact that he hadn’t trusted me.
“He told me it wasn’t down to a lack of trust, but that he felt embarrassed to tell his manager the injury was caused by something so stupid.”
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Pochettino admits that Lloris’s embarrassment caused a problem between the two of them: “It has taken us time to heal the rift that had developed between us. Hugo, who didn’t want to mix private and professional matters, now understands what I am asking of him.
“He can speak to me about anything and everything without my passing judgement. If he’s with me, it has to be 100 per cent. 99 percent doesn’t cut it. I share things with him and he does so with me.”
In other Tottenham Hotspur news, Pochettino has issued this warning to his players ahead of their Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.