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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho must drop goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, according to former Aston Villa skipper Gabriel Agbonlahor. Lloris has come in for criticism following Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. The France No 1 should have kept out Rodri’s penalty and would also have felt he should have done better to prevent Ilkay Gundogan’s first goal from crossing the line.
Agbonlahor admits Lloris is not the only issue Mourinho has in his squad.
The pundit also believes the centre-back duo of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez are not at the required standard.
However, Agbonlahor thinks it is time Joe Hart came into the Spurs side in place of Lloris.
“When I look at Eric Dier, he’s got good attributes, but he hasn’t got the pace,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.
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“Nowadays in the Premier League you’ve got to have that pace to cope with the quick attackers and he doesn’t have that.
“Sanchez has the pace, but he’s very clumsy.
“You look at the Gundogan’s [second] goal, if he stays on his feet and runs with him, he tackles him.
“Spurs have got a big problem at centre-back and they need to bring in some top class centre-halves.
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“The biggest thing is the goalkeeper. If I was Mourinho I’d be giving Joe Hart a chance in the next game.”
Spurs are now ninth in the Premier League table, four points off the top four.
But Mourinho was pleased with his side’s performance at the Etihad despite going down 3-0.
The Portuguese said: “Going in a football direction, I believe that in the first half, we were good, we started the game very positively, we didn’t fear them, didn’t have problems, didn’t have any defensive problems, even playing in an offensive way like we tried to do.
“Once more, unlucky, the Harry Kane ball, I don’t know how it’s not a goal, and unlucky with another penalty of modern days.
“But I liked the team in the first half, very positive.
“In the second half, when you concede a goal after five minutes, it’s very hard, because then it’s the fatigue plus the emotional side.
“The guys fought until the end, and I feel the result is too heavy, too heavy.
“It gives me another feeling… of if we get into that (Carabao Cup) final in the same physical condition as them, let’s go.”
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