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Hugo Lloris: Why Liverpool’s ‘project’ cannot be compared to Spurs

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 13:53, 3 June 2019

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris believes his side cannot be compared to newly-crowned European champions Liverpool.

The Reds ran out 2-0 winners in Madrid against Spurs on Saturday, which saw them secure a sixth European Cup.

Spurs under Pochettino: Five key things to know…

  1. Pochettino was appointed Tottenham manager in May 2014.
  2. So far, the Argentinian has won 155 of his 276 matches in charge giving him a 56% win percentage.
  3. Spurs have reached two finals under Pochettino, losing both: the 2015 League Cup against Chelsea and 2019 Champions League to Liverpool.
  4. Under him Tottenham have scored 525 goals (1.9 per game) and conceded 292 (one every 85 minutes).
  5. His most used player is Christian Eriksen (241 appearances).

Spurs were playing in their second major final under Mauricio Pochettino who took charge of the club ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Under him they’ve become a regular member of the Premier League’s top four having finished inside those positions in four of his five seasons in charge so far.

By reaching Madrid, Spurs contested their first ever Champions League final, but ultimately the north London club came up short.

They fell behind in the second minute when Mohamed Salah converted a penalty, before substitute Divock Origi doubled Liverpool’s lead three minutes from the end.

And Lloris, despite feeling the club is on the up under Pochettino, believes Tottenham’s project is different to the one currently going on at Liverpool.

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“It is difficult to compare both projects,” he said. “There is one club who sets out to win every competition in which they play, and that is not the case with Tottenham.

“We work and try to stick with the philosophy of the board, manager and the club. We look to improve every season and we have shown improvements year after year, so we now cannot throw everything in the bin after a Champions League final defeat.

“It’s been a big step for the club and the only thing we can look to do is come back stronger next season.”

Spurs’ number one

Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and has from that moment been their undisputed first choice goalkeeper. Overall he’s made 298 appearances; keeping 106 clean sheets (35.6% success rate) whilst conceding 320 (once every 83.3 minutes).

Since the arrival Pochettino only Christian Eriksen (241) and Harry Kane (227) have featured more than Lloris (220). Lloris, who is the club’s captain, sees his present deal expire in June 2022.