Lloris praises Pochettino, but insists squad focus is on Champions League final

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) and captain Hugo Lloris celebrate winning 3-2 a

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) and captain Hugo Lloris celebrate winning 3-2 at Ajax in the Champions League semi-final, second leg match (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The Spurs manager will sit down with Daniel Levy after the Champions League final to discuss his future and the club’s aims moving forward

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has reiterated the squad are only thinking about the Champions League final with Liverpool on June 1, not the future of manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs concluded the Premier League season with a 2-2 home draw against Everton on Sunday which saw them finish fourth, but with one more fixture to play before the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Pochettino revealed before Tottenham's semi-final second leg away to Ajax last week he would talk with chairman Daniel Levy about what the future holds for him and the club after bringing a five-year chapter to a close this summer.

He admitted he would need "to think about maybe doing something different" if Spurs won the Champions League given the circumstances they have faced and later in the week added "I am not open to start a new chapter with no plan" but Lloris refused to be drawn on what will happen.

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The captain said: "I think with that type of declaration, as a player and even as a captain it's important for me to stay in my place. I completely understand what the gaffer means.

"I've been with him for five years and I've seen many things and we've lived through different situations and tried to deal with them.

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"I completely understand because he's someone very ambitious and he knows and wants to know where we're going and where he's going. It's only between him and the board that type of discussion."

After guiding Spurs to their first ever European Cup final, Lloris hailed the work of boss Pochettino and his coaching staff.

When the Argentinian arrived at White Hart Lane in May 2014, Tottenham had just endured a chaotic season with Andre Villas-Boas replaced by Tim Sherwood in December 2013 and several heavy defeats suffered in the league.

Fast forward five years and Spurs have just qualified for the Champions League for a fourth straight season, made the final of the competition this campaign and overseen the development of their new 62,062-seater stadium.

It has been quite the journey and the way Pochettino has manned the Tottenham ship through choppy waters was not lost on the club captain.

Lloris added: "To be honest all the players were only focused on Everton and now we're going to be focused only on the final.

"We all have a lot of respect for the manager. He's done so much for us and helped us to improve individually and collectively.

"If Tottenham is at this level, it's thanks to him. It's to his credit and his coaching staff obviously and we will see.

"For all of us, it's a massive opportunity to be in this situation, to think about playing a Champions League final and we're going to make everything possible to do it and win, but it will be the case for Liverpool too."

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