Pochettino: Lloris not at fault for Tottenham error, only one person to blame

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has absolved Hugo Lloris of blame after his mistake led to Chelsea putting the midweek game beyond them.

Hugo Lloris had an uncharacteristically poor performance for Tottenham against Chelsea, unable to prevent them falling to a 3-0 loss.

The French international let an Eden Hazard shot he should have saved, squirm past him for Chelsea's first, before his errant kick gifted possession to the Blues, who capitalised ruthlessly through Didier Drogba.

It's hard enough going 1-0 down to runaway league leaders Chelsea, so slipping 2-0 behind after only 22 minutes left Spurs with a mountain to climb, which proved insurmountable.

Despite Lloris' below-par showing, head coach Mauricio Pochettino defender the goalkeeper.

He told SkySports that the mistake was down to him, rather than the stopper: "Hugo is an unbelievable goalkeeper.

"It's my responsibility becase I push them to play from the back, and that's football."

The Argentine's backing of his goalkeeper is a smarter move than calling him out would have been, for Lloris will have been feeling awful enough about it already, he won't have needed a reminder from his boss in public.

Lloris had been attempting a shorter style of goal kick rather than a big punt upfield, with his desire to find a teammate his undoing.

It's unlikely Pochettino will tell him to change, but he will push his goalkeeper to be better in his execution.

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