McLeish blames Lloris for Tottenham collapse v Everton
Alex McLeish has ripped into the performance of Hugo Lloris after watching Tottenham lose 5-4 to Everton in the FA Cup.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Toffees’ first two goals were a “massive setback” for Spurs and laid the blame at the 34-year-old goalkeeper’s feet.
The French shot-stopper failed to stop a powerful Dominic Calvert-Lewin strike, despite getting both hands behind the ball, before an 18-yard shot from Richarlison found its way past him just two minutes later.
Lloris was preferred ahead of Joe Hart by Jose Mourinho, despite the England international having started Spurs’ previous two FA Cup ties.
Wednesday’s game finished 4-4 in regular time thanks to a late Harry Kane header, but Bernard’s strike seven minutes into extra time sealed victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
McLeish believes Everton’s opening two goals were the turning point and insisted Lloris had to take responsibility.
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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “After taking the lead and then going quickly 2-1 behind, weak goals, they were weak goals.
“I think Lloris has to take a wee bit of the blame and responsibility for the first couple of goals. Richarlison’s may have been a wee bit more difficult but for Calvert-Lewin, the first one, he should be doing better.
“It was an enormous setback for Spurs to lose those two goals so quickly, and then going 3-1 down before getting a goal back just before half-time just before our team probably made Jose less angry than he probably was.
“He certainly wouldn’t be happy with the final outcome and an avalanche of five goals is really not on.
“When you buy a goalkeeper, you’re looking for that goalkeeper to save you, if he’s international class, you’re talking about 15 to 20 points, if he’s world-class, you’re talking 20 points and upwards.
“If you’re playing in cup ties, you’re looking for him to be the guy that people say: ‘He saved us, he’s the guy that took us to the next round.'”