Hugo Lloris will learn 'life lesson' from drink driving charge - Mauricio Pochettino

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Goalkeeper Lloris sustained a thigh problem during last month's 3-0 win at Manchester United, which meant he missed the subsequent 2-1 loss at Watford and France's worldwide commitments over the past week.

But the goalkeeper will miss Spurs' game against Liverpool on Saturday, with Dele Alli also ruled out as Pochettino has suffered a double injury blow.

Mauricio Pochettino says Hugo Lloris will retain the club captaincy at Tottenham but warned the French World Cup victor he had been lucky to escape his drink-driving escapades with only a criminal conviction and a hefty fine.

He was fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months.

"He is the first to regret about everything and all that happened is not good, he doesn't feel great", he added. He said "Gaffer, I made a mistake". He made a mistake and he's suffered the punishment of society. But of course we're not God, that we can judge people.

Speaking ahead of his side's Premier League clash against Liverpool, Pochettino moved to defend his goalkeeper, stating: "Will he stay as captain?"

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"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.

"I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my teammates, the manager and all of the supporters", Lloris had earlier said.

"Disappointed, because we're going to miss him for this game, and possibly Inter Milan in the Champions League, but it is not a big issue". Only we need to try [to ensure] that he understands and he understands that it was a mistake.

"Different clubs didn't allow him to go and play in this tournament", Pochettino said, before joking: "Who took the risk?"

"He's a little but unlucky", Pochettino told Sky Sports News.

"Hopefully, it will be OK and he will be available again soon, like Dele".

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