‘Annoyed’ Spurs captain Lloris admits Son spat was over lack of pressing

The goalkeeper rushed over to confront the forward since the teams went in for half-time, though they did wind up taking all three points

Hugo Lloris says his clash with Heung-min Son at half-time of Tottenham’s win over Everton on Monday was because that he was annoyed at the forward’s lack of pressing.

Spurs got back on course with a 1-0 win, as Michael Keane’s first-half own goal proved the highlight of a largely dull match.

With half-time approaching, Richarlison was offered a chance to equalise, much to captain Lloris’ chagrin.

As the teams walked off, that he rushed over to confront Son, with the two players having to be held apart by their team-mates.

The pair made up ahead of the second half and Lloris played the incident down as a flare-up in the heat of the moment.

“It belongs in the changing room,” Lloris told Sky Sports.

“Outside, you can say whatever you want. There is of respect between the players in the changing room.

“What happened between me and Sonny is just something that’s part of football sometimes. But there’s no problem at all.

“You could see at the end of the game we were a lot more than happy to be part of the team and to have the three points.

“To concede a chance a few seconds before half-time because we don’t press properly… yeah, it annoyed me, but it’s part of football. We move on.”

Despite the confrontation, Jose Mourinho was glad to see tempers flaring between his players.

After their 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United, he bemoaned a ‘disturbing’ lack of desire from his team. 

This win took them around eighth, however they still face a battle to catch the likes of Manchester United and Wolves in the European places.

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“As I said before, we are in a situation that we need to fight against,” Lloris added.

“We’re unhappy to be in this position. But the most important thing today is to stay focused on the team and do every thing to finish as high once we can.

“I repeat, we can only do it as a team. When you play a season like this one it’s very easy to fall apart as a team, to think about disinterest, but today we showed that we are still together and ready to compete and fight until the end.”