Poch calls on Spurs to break Old Trafford hoodoo as stars train without Lloris

first_imgYOUR keeper and captain getting nicked for drink-driving and spending a night in the clink is hardly ideal preparation for a trip to Old Trafford.Especially when you have lost your last four Premier League visits there.12 Dele Alli looks relaxed as Tottenham train ahead of Manchester United clashCredit: Getty – Contributor12 Hugo Lloris was arrested for drink driving after night outCredit: Instagram @alexandrebillardBut Mauricio Pochettino has called on his Tottenham stars to summon their spirit from Chelsea to end their nightmare at the Theatre of Dreams and leave Jose Mourinho with an even bigger hangover.Along with the Emirates, Manchester United’s famous home is the only Premier League stadium Spurs boss Poch has visited more than once and never won at.In fact, in his four top-flight trips there with Tottenham his side have never even managed to score — losing 3-0 in 2014 before three successive 1-0 defeats.But despite being rocked by Hugo Lloris’ shock arrest in the early hours yesterday, Pochettino is confident his men can end that dreadful run when they visit the Red Devils on Monday.12 All smiles for Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen in trainign todayCredit: Getty – Contributor12 Eric Dier is likely to start against Manchester United at Old TraffordCredit: Getty – ContributorTottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris CHARGED with drink driving by British Police and issues grovelling apologyHe said: “What happened at Chelsea last year is a good example why we can win. After 26 years we managed to win again there, so why not Old Trafford?”If you can recall that 3-1 April Fools’ Day triumph at Stamford Bridge, he has a point.There is arguably as much apathy at United now as there was at Chelsea back then. So the current form book suggests Spurs are a good bet even if the omens do not.Pochettino added: “There are many negative things but also a lot of reasons to believe.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old Trafford“And I believe more than ever we can win. I think we are winners but winners sometimes lose. We are working hard to try to be consistent.“One thing we need to improve is to win against some clubs away from home like Manchester United.12 Erik Lamela jokes around in Tottenham training as they prepare for Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty – Contributor12 Michel Vorm could replace Hugo Lloris in goal after his drink-drive shameCredit: Getty – Contributor“In the last four years we’ve lost there for different reasons. It’s a massive challenge for us.”Victory at Chelsea was Tottenham’s only away win at a top-six rival last season as they finished third. That is a stat they must improve on if they are to go closer to the title this time.Poch said: “Maybe title winners have won more than us away from home against the top six.“But if we are capable of being consistent not only with the top six but with the rest of the Premier League then, for sure, we are going to be close to winning.”12 Lucas Moura was linked with move to Manchester United before opting to join SpursCredit: Getty – Contributor12 Defenders Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters will hope to feature for Spurs against Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty – Contributor12 Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to end his Old Trafford hoodoo on Monday nightCredit: EPAA Tottenham win would certainly crank up the pressure on United boss Mourinho after their 3-2 loss at Brighton on Sunday.But Pochettino said: “Don’t you think I am in the same position with pressure? We feel the same pressure every week.“Of course circumstances differ from week to week but every week we are under pressure to win.“If you lose in a way you don’t expect, the pressure touches you. You are always under pressure. It’s so difficult in the year to feel relaxed over ten months.12 Hugo Lloris walks back to his home in North London after spending the morning in a cellCredit: Peter Jordan – The Sun12 Hugo Lloris is seen walking home in the same clothes he wore on Thursday night on Friday morningCredit: Peter Jordan – The Sun12 Hugo Lloris could lose his Tottenham captaincy over his drink-drive shameCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd“I was only relaxed in the summer when I spent a week with my family and friends.“Then many things started to happen — transfers and everything.“It’s impossible to relax and not feel pressure.“When you are manager, you are always in the spotlight, no matter the club.“People are always judging you and talking about your decisions.“When you win all the people know you are so good, when you lose, everyone knows the manager is wrong. We are so exposed.”Tottenham stadium worker films video mocking progress of ground’s constructionlast_img