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Lloris still Spurs captain despite drink drive conviction, says Pochettino

Lloris still Spurs captain despite drink drive conviction, says Pochettino

Lloris appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday to plead guilty to a charge of drink driving, and it emerged during the hearing that the Frenchman was more than twice over the legal limit, had veered towards parked cars and had driven through a red light.

All that happened yesterday (in court) is not good and he does not feel great. He said he was guilty and responsible.

Hugo Lloris on the other hand, is not injured, but was pulled over by police for driving while intoxicated about which the Argentinian coach stated: "He said he is sorry, anyone can make a mistake, he did it and he is suffering, he is punishing himself". Then [we must accept] we are men and women and of course we can... "That is a massive lesson for everyone, he was the first to tell me he made a mistake".

"Rather than congratulate him and the club, people need to congratulate me and say thank you because I allowed him to go there and put his individual situation in front of the collective".

When asked whether Lloris had offered to give up the club captaincy, Pochettino said: 'He apologised to everyone.

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Lloris' is expected to be out for several weeks whilst Alli's injury is less severe and although unlikely he could yet return for Tottenham's Champions League match against Inter next week.

"He is a man and he is very conscious about what happened, and of course you can not remove it, but he has the capacity to move on, learn and be focused on playing football", said Pochettino.

"First of all I want to congratulate him, because it's such an important victory to avoid the military service", Pochettino said. "Now, because he is clever, he learns and he is going to move on".

'And of course it's more complicated today to be a manager than 20 or 30 years ago'. I am not disappointed with him. There's no doubt that he's one of the best strikers or players in England and in Europe.


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