Pochettino reacts to Hugo Lloris' performance, claims Tottenham's league position isn't important


Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told BBC Sport that Hugo Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world after his display against Southampton.

Spurs bounced back from their 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle United last weekend by beating Southampton 2-0 away from home today.

Harry Kane opened the scoring by beating a host of Southampton defenders, waltzing through to fire past Paulo Gazzaniga to put Spurs in front, before Dele Alli tapped home at the back post from Kyle Walker's cross.

The result moves Tottenham up in to fourth place in the Premier League table, leapfrogging Manchester United into the Champions League spots, whilst it also gave manager Pochettino a victory over his former club.

Kane and Alli will get the plaudits for the goals, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris played a crucial part with a host of fine saves to keep Southampton at bay - and after the final whistle, Pochettino told BBC Sport that the Frenchman is simply one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

"[He made] two big saves in the first half and one in the second half," said Pochettino. "This is because he is one of the best keepers in the world, and we are pleased that he is with us."

Pochettino was then asked how happy he is to be in the top four, but responded by saying that Tottenham's league position doesn't matter right now, and will only matter at the end of the season.

"It's not important today, the table. The most important thing is to arrive at the end of the league in a position that we want to stay. But it's true that we need to keep working, because the Premier League is very tough," he added.

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