Hugo Lloris names two key reasons Tottenham failed to win a trophy under Mauricio Pochettino

Hugo Lloris names two key reasons Tottenham failed to win a trophy under Mauricio Pochettino

Former Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has explained why the club failed to end its long wait for a trophy during his time in north London.

Spurs look set to miss out once again this campaign having last lifted the League Cup back in 2008.

Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte all failed to turn promise into silverware but there is renewed hope that Ange Postecoglou is capable of building a team to go all the way.

Lloris was part of Pochettino’s side which lost the 2019 Champions League final and threatened to challenge for a number of Premier League titles, before they also lost the 2021 Carabao Cup final shortly after Mourinho was sacked.

Despite a team filled with talent, including Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, an in-form Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele, the French goalkeeper has said that it would have required just two or three more top-level players to get them over the line.

“Under Pochettino, you could see the progression year after year, and we were very competitive,” he told The Athletic.

“We were close to winning. I think at the time, we missed two or three more players to compete for success and for him to win trophies.

“Our progression was too fast for the club because, at that time, they were focused on the new stadium. They did not have the financial reserve as they do now. At that time, we needed to add a few players and regenerate that group of players.”

Spurs’ move to Tottenham Stadium not only saw them leave White Hart Lane, but also spend almost two seasons playing at Wembley, which for Lloris also contributed to their trophy drought.

“When I felt we were most capable of winning a trophy, we had to move to Wembley,” he added.

“The year before at White Hart Lane, we finished unbeaten. We won 17 games and drew two; it was a big record. At that time, we thought if we stayed at White Hart Lane, we could match the same tally of points, but we moved to Wembley — a different environment and stadium.

“We had to deal with that for a year and a half. Even with that, we managed to get into the top four.”

Pochettino is still yet to win a trophy in English football but can break that duck this weekend when his Chelsea team face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final.