A crack as wide as a chasm appeared this afternoon.
‘Violently` is a subjective word, but what else do you call such a fundamental difference of opinion of what constitutes success or what, most importantly, should be unanimity on the club`s achievable aims and goals for the season?
Lloris has just made Poch`s recent musing on what we were/are striving for this season sound pretty silly.
Just over a month ago Poch insisted when talking to the standard;
“The project at Tottenham is to try to win the Premier League or the Champions League, the two big trophies,” Pochettino said. “If we try to win the League Cup and forget the Premier League or Champions League, it`s a big mistake.”
I`d suggest forgetting the Premier league and prioritising the Champions league is a piece of monumental folly. (Cue all the ‘we have to reach for the stars believers!`) Did Poch really believe that a jumble sale of walking wounded and hastily reorganised defence and midfield was good enough to beat a team that had only lost once in the last nine? Worst still to almost guarantee we`d virtually hand 3 points to our nearest rivals?
Does he still believe that we can win the Premier league and did any of our players ever believe it?
Today we had our Captain either in blissful ignorance of what Poch said to the Standard so recently, or he was calling Poch an ‘outsider`
LLoris was speaking to the very same Standard as Poch spoke to, and derided all the talk of winning the Premier league and made all our ambitions come down to Earth with an almighty thump, or more specifically a very English old rendition of blah de blah de bloody blah when he said;
“Before we think about City it`s important to stay in the top four. This is the main target for our team,” the Spurs Captain declared.
“We heard from outside that Tottenham play for the title, blah, blah, blah. The most important thing is to stay consistent in the League”
Lloris didn`t stop there;
“We have been in the top four the last two years and we need to carry on, to settle the club in this position and try to get more experience because the team is still young, then reduce the gap with the best”.
Looking forwards he said;
“Obviously the future for Tottenham will be bright if we keep the same mentality. It`s our ambition, but step by step, It`s true that we wanted to do more against Manchester United and Arsenal.
Unfortunately, we couldn`t do that so now it`s important to have a run of victories because we need to keep our place at the top.”
It seems to me that as bitterly disappointing as the result and the manner of our loss on Saturday, that what you cannot have is your Captain going off message, especially when one of our rivals players now sitting just above us says this;
Pogba asked if Man Utd can still win the Premier League
A BBC reporter asked Pogba:
‘You (Man United) can still win the league, do you think?’
To which Pogba said
‘Yeah, the season is very long. Of course (we can win the league). If I don’t believe that, I stop playing.
‘If I don’t believe that we can still win the league, I better stop, I’ll leave my boots and I’ll stop playing football, because I’m a believer and we keep fighting.’
That speaks to whole different mentality to me, does it you, maybe the next time Lloris is on international duty he should have a chat with his team mate and see what makes him tick?