Mauricio Pochettino says Hugo Lloris will retain the club captaincy at Tottenham but warned the French World Cup victor he had been lucky to escape his drink-driving escapades with only a criminal conviction and a hefty fine.
"He's the first that regrets everything, and all that happened yesterday is not good", he said. He said he was guilty and responsible. "I think he's fit, I have not read or heard what's going on around him, the most important thing for me is that we trust him". We are not God and we can not judge people. We are men and women and we can all mistakes. He's the first, he told me, "Gaffer it's a massive lesson for me".
"Rather than congratulate him and the club, people need to congratulate me and say thank you because I allowed him to go there and put his individual situation in front of the collective".
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of his sides Premier League fixture against Liverpool on Saturday, Pochettino was asked if Lloris would remain his skipper, to which he replied: "Of course". As a man you need to recognise your mistake.
Pochettino said: "He already knew that it was a big mistake". Because he is a clever, he learns and now he is going to move on'.
It seems likely both Spurs' captain and Alli will miss Tuesday's Champions League Group B match at Inter Milan too.
Goalkeeper Lloris sustained a thigh problem during last month's 3-0 win at Manchester United, which meant he missed the subsequent 2-1 loss at Watford and France's global commitments over the past week. "He has punished himself", the Tottenham manager said.
Pochettino also insists he has no concerns about the form of Harry Kane, who has made a sluggish start to the season after his World Cup exertions.
"I told him today: 'Where is my present, Sonny?"
The coach added: 'We have confidence and trust in him.
"That's why the expectations and perspective are completely different to another player".