Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham's Premier League position is not a surprise and fears the club cannot move forward quickly.

Last season's Champions League finalists are 11th in the table after 11 games, having won just three times in the top flight this season.

Away form has been a particular problem, with Spurs having not won on the road in the league since January 20, while injury-time goals have cost them in recent visits to Liverpool and Everton.

Their domestic travails have not been echoed in Europe, though, with Wednesday's 4-0 defeat of Red Star Belgrade meaning they will progress to the last 16 of the Champions League if they beat Olympiacos on matchday five.

Pochettino believes there are plenty of positive signs within the club, who are being profiled this season by Amazon as part of their All or Nothing documentary series, but he suggests they have nonetheless regressed towards the standards of 2014, when he took charge.

"It's our reality. With all the circumstances, I think it's normal to be in the position we are," he said on Friday.

"We are working, trying to perform better and get better results. I have mentioned the circumstances. We are in the right direction to find the balance in the squad, the right way to perform, and we do as well as we can.

"Today is still so early. If we are able to find the right balance and perform in the way that we expect, of course it's still there, It's possible. We need to make sure we have the time to get everything right.

"We went back to five years ago where we were in terms of position, situation and stuff like that. It takes time. We can't move the club forward quickly. There are so many things. The time is the problem. It's a natural process.

"We need to stay calm and, like always, work hard, because that is the way to change this dynamic. But the time is the time and the process is the process.

"It's different than five years ago, but with a lot of similarities. It's difficult to talk now because I don't want to talk again about negative things. I want to be positive. I promise you, if it's all going well at the end of the season, I will explain - for you, and for Amazon, too!

"But I want to be positive. I think the signals in the past few weeks have been very positive. I know very well that to have a positive spirit and provide a good mood for everyone is so important. I think we talk a lot and it's not helpful.

"Now, there are a lot of positive things that we need to speak about and keep going, keep moving. All the fans, the club deserve that we start winning games again to be in a better position. Of course, in the Champions League, we are in a very good position now. But I think in the Premier League table, we are not."

Pochettino also offered an update on Hugo Lloris, who is recovering from a dislocated elbow sustained against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs confirmed on Thursday that the goalkeeper has had to have surgery on the injury, which had not been healing as hoped.

The France international had been due to return in early 2020 but there are now fears he could be sidelined for longer.

"I didn't see him the last week - he wasn't here," said Pochettino. "But he is strong, he's very mature, a man. Of course, he's suffering now a little bit but he's going to come strong again."

Tottenham still expect Hugo Lloris to return to training early next year despite the goalkeeper having to undergo surgery on his left elbow.

Lloris, 32, suffered a dislocated elbow and damaged ligaments following an awkward fall in Spurs' 3-0 Premier League defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on October 5.

The club initially said an operation was not required, as a period of "rest and rehabilitation under the supervision of our medical staff" beckoned for the France international.

But in a statement released on Thursday, Spurs revealed surgery was "advised after further reviews by specialists found the elbow remained unstable".

Nevertheless, Lloris is still predicted to be back in training in early 2020.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is backing Harry Kane to step in as a 'natural leader' at the North London club in the absence of captain Huge Lloris.

Lloris, who also leads the France national team, suffered an arm injury a fortnight ago against Brighton and is expected to be sidelined until the new year.

Spurs have had a difficult month, having been eliminated by Colchester United in the League Cup, before heavy defeats to Bayern Munich in Europe and the Seagulls before the international break.

But Pochettino is backing Kane, who has captained England for the past two years, to step in and fill the void left by Lloris seamlessly.

"He does not need to feel too much pressure. The most important thing is to not show too much responsibility on your shoulders and to act natural," he said.

"The problem is if you need to act. If you are not a real leader and you need to act, you spend energy thinking 'how do I need to face this problem?'

"But if you trust in yourself and you are a natural leader, then I promise you don't feel the responsibility."

Spurs host Watford on Saturday afternoon as they look to improve a recent run of just one win in six games in all competitions.

Tottenham have re-signed free agent goalkeeper Michel Vorm on a short-term deal to provide cover for injured skipper Hugo Lloris.

The 35-year-old had been without a club since being released by Tottenham when his contract expired at the end of last season.

However, with Lloris out for the rest of 2019 with an elbow injury sustained in the 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on October 5, the Premier League side have moved to bring in Vorm until the end of the season.

Ex-Netherlands international Vorm, who made 47 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham during his previous five-season spell in north London, has again been assigned squad number 13.

He will likely act as back-up to Paulo Gazzaniga when Mauricio Pochettino's side return to action with a home match against Watford next Saturday.

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has been ruled out for the rest of 2019 after tests confirmed he has suffered ligament damage.

The goalkeeper dislocated his elbow after landing awkwardly during his side's 3-0 Premier League defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday that Lloris would almost certainly not be fit to return until the new year.

Spurs later issued a statement to confirm that Lloris is unlikely to be able to train again until the end of this year, even though he does not require surgery.

"Hugo Lloris has undergone further assessment this morning after sustaining a dislocated elbow in our match against Brighton on Saturday," the club said.

"The findings have shown that although surgery will not be required, our club captain has suffered ligament damage and is not expected to return to training before the end of 2019.

"Hugo is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation under the supervision of our medical staff at Hotspur Way."

Speaking earlier at Clairefontaine, Deschamps said: "I talked to him after he recovered emotionally from what happened.

"It is difficult to give you an exact date in terms of how long he'll need to recover. The possibility of a fracture has been ruled out, but his ligaments are affected. I'm not an anatomy specialist.

"Anyway, as far as we are concerned, he will obviously not be able to play during this international break or the next one.

"I'm not a specialist and I can't tell you exactly [how long he will be out]. It is not a week, either, but he will not be back on the pitch in 2019. That's almost a certainty."

Lloris will miss France's Euro 2020 qualifiers this month against Iceland and Turkey and will also be absent from November's matches against Moldova and Albania.

The 32-year-old is due to miss Spurs' remaining 16 matches this year, including four Champions League group games and Premier League clashes with Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester United, Wolves and Chelsea.

Spurs, who have won only three games in all competitions this season, are ninth in the Premier League with 11 points from eight games.

Hugo Lloris will almost certainly miss the rest of 2019 due to an elbow injury, according to France head coach Didier Deschamps.

The Tottenham goalkeeper dislocated his elbow after landing awkwardly during his side's 3-0 Premier League defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Spurs have not yet offered an indication on his recovery time, but Deschamps expects Lloris to be out of action until the new year due to ligament damage.

"I talked to him after he recovered emotionally from what happened," Deschamps told a news conference. "We talked again [on Monday] and had more medical examinations.

"It is difficult to give you an exact date in terms of how long he'll need to recover. The possibility of a fracture has been ruled out, but his ligaments are affected. I'm not an anatomy specialist.

"Anyway, as far as we are concerned, he will obviously not be able to play during this international break or the next one.

"I'm not a specialist and I can't tell you exactly [how long he will be out]. It is not a week, either, but he will not be back on the pitch in 2019. That's almost a certainty."

Lloris will miss France's Euro 2020 qualifiers this month against Iceland and Turkey and appears almost certain to be absent from November's matches against Moldova and Albania.

The 32-year-old also seems to be a doubt for Spurs' remaining 16 matches this year, including four Champions League group games and Premier League clashes with Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester United, Wolves and Chelsea.

Spurs, who have won only three games in all competitions this season, are ninth in the Premier League with 11 points from eight games.

Could we have seen a potentially decisive weekend in the Premier League title race?

Liverpool opened an eight-point lead over Manchester City at the summit as James Milner's last-gasp penalty secured a precious 2-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday.

The Reds moved eight points clear with the last-gasp triumph – and City were unable to cut into it as they slipped to a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday.

As for Manchester United, their torrid recent form continued with a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United, while struggling Tottenham were on the end of a resounding 3-0 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Our Premier League Data Diary sheds some light on the detail behind the big stories of this weekend's top games.

 

REDS LEAVE IT LATE TO MAINTAIN PERFECT START

Victory over Leicester means Liverpool have now won their past 17 Premier League games, just one short of Manchester City's top-flight record of 18.

They have also become just the seventh side in history to win each of their opening eight matches in an English top-flight season.

The Reds forged ahead through Sadio Mane's 50th league goal for the club in what was his 100th appearance in the competition for Jurgen Klopp's side.

James Maddison gave the Foxes hope of a point, though, with their first and only shot on target.

However, Milner stepped up deep into added time to seal yet another win for the hosts. It marked the 34th time they have scored a winning goal in a Premier League match in or after the 90th minute, which is at least nine more than any other team

TRAORE DOUBLE DOWNS INSIPID CITY

City were failed to respond to Liverpool's victory, slipping to just a fourth home league defeat in 61 matches under Pep Guardiola.

It was the first time they have lost a Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium without scoring since March 2016, when they were beaten 1-0 by neighbours Manchester United.

Wolves were indebted to a superb double from Adama Traore inside the final 10 minutes to claim their second league win of the season. Remarkably, he had failed to score in his previous 32 Premier League matches.

The result marked the first time Wolves have beaten City away from home in a top-flight fixture since December 1979.

LONGSTAFF PILES MISERY ON SOLSKJAER

United's woeful start to the season reached a new low on Sunday. The sorry defeat at Newcastle means they have won a mere nine points from their opening eight games – their lowest total at this stage since the 1989-90 campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's beleaguered squad are now winless in their last eight away league games – their longest such run in the top flight since September 1989, when they went 11 games without victory.

Under-pressure Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, meanwhile, can celebrate after registering his first ever win as a manager against the club he served as a player, doing so at the 23rd attempt.

Victory came courtesy of Matty Longstaff's drilled effort 18 minutes from time, the 19-year-old becoming the youngest player to score on his Premier League debut for Newcastle.

SEAGULLS SWOOP TO TAKE ADVANTAGE

Tottenham's defeat at Brighton means they have now lost 17 games in all competitions in 2019 – more than any other top-flight side.

Brighton went ahead after just three minutes, Neal Maupay nodding in after Hugo Lloris fumbled a cross - injuring himself in the process. Only Asmir Begovic (21) has made more errors leading to goals than Lloris (18) in the Premier League since his debut in the competition in October 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Connolly then added two more either side of the interval to seal a memorable win for the hosts. The Irishman is the first teenager to start a Premier League game for Brighton and also the first to score in the league for the Seagulls since Jake Forster-Caskey in April 2014.

The win equalled Brighton's biggest margin of victory in a top-flight game and meant they scored more than once in a league home game for the first time in 16 matches.

Tottenham have confirmed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow during Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion after he was assessed at a nearby hospital.

The France international fell awkwardly after Neal Maupay headed Brighton into the lead three minutes into the match at Amex Stadium and had to be taken off on a stretcher.

Lloris was replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga, who conceded twice more as Aaron Connolly's brace ensured a comfortable win for Brighton.

A statement on Tottenham's official website said: "We can confirm that Hugo Lloris sustained a dislocated elbow during Saturday's match against Brighton.

"Our club captain was stretchered off as a result of the injury and will return to London after being assessed at a local hospital.

"Assessment will continue in the coming week to ascertain the full extent of the injury and the length of time he will require to undergo rehabilitation."

Hugo Lloris has been replaced in France's squad by Mike Maignan for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers after the Tottenham goalkeeper suffered an arm injury on Saturday. 

France captain Lloris was injured in the third minute of Spurs' 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion. 

He dropped a Pascal Gross cross – allowing Neal Maupay to bundle in – and landed awkwardly on his left arm. 

After prolonged medical attention, Lloris was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and taken to hospital for scans. 

Media reports have claimed the 32-year-old is set to be out for two months with a dislocated elbow, though neither Spurs nor manager Mauricio Pochettino have officially commented on his diagnosis. 

Hugo Lloris, blessé ce samedi avec Tottenham, ne pourra pas participer aux deux prochains matches des Bleus. Il est remplacé par le Lillois Mike Maignan @mmseize pic.twitter.com/2JQ4Gm8cOC

— Equipe de France  (@equipedefrance) October 5, 2019

Either way, Lloris will be unable to feature for France against Iceland on Friday and Turkey the following Monday. 

Lille's Maignan will take his place with the 24-year-old aiming to win his first cap having been an unused substitute for France's past five fixtures. 

He joins goalkeepers Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda in the squad. 

Liverpool needed a James Milner penalty deep in second-half stoppage time to edge to a 2-1 victory over Leicester City as they were made to sweat for their eighth consecutive Premier League win of the season.

James Maddison's second-half strike cancelled out Sadio Mane's first-half opener at Anfield where Milner converted a spot-kick, much to the relief of Jurgen Klopp and an expectant home crowd.

The pressure on Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino increased after his side were beaten 3-0 by Brighton, leaving the Champions League finalists with a record of two wins and three defeats from their last seven Premier League games.

Watford's wait for a first win of the season goes on after their goalless draw with Sheffield United, but there were victories elsewhere for Burnley and Aston Villa - the latter subjecting Norwich City to a humiliating 5-1 home defeat.

TOUGHEST TEST YET FOR HIGH-FLYING REDS

It looked like another comfortable game in prospect for Liverpool when Mane rolled in the opening goal five minutes before half-time against Leicester.

But the Foxes had only been beaten once this season before arriving on Merseyside and they matched the league leaders for long spells before Maddison made their pressure count by rattling an equaliser into the net 10 minutes from time.

Liverpool attempted 11 second-half shots to Leicester's two but remained on course to drop points for the first time this season until Marc Albrighton fouled Mane in the box with the clock ticking down.

Milner swept the ensuing penalty into the net to maintain the Reds' 100 per cent record ahead of second-placed Manchester City's clash with Wolves on Sunday.

LLORIS FORCED OFF AS SPURS' SLUMP CONTINUES

Tottenham's afternoon got off to a terrible start when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris gifted Neal Maupay with Brighton's opening goal and then had to be taken off on a stretcher with a serious arm injury.

Mauricio Pochettino's men, still smarting from a 7-2 Champions League thumping by Bayern Munich and a run of one win in their previous five matches, found themselves trailing by two after 32 minutes when Aaron Connolly scored his first senior goal for Brighton in his first Premier League start.

The visitors came out looking bright after the interval as they attempted to break the storm clouds gathering over their coach's head but mustered just two shots on target in a tepid second half.

Brighton, meanwhile, continued to probe and press for openings, and Connolly scored the pick of the goals after 65 minutes to wrap up a memorable afternoon for him and a first league win for the Seagulls since the opening day.

WESLEY BAGS BRACE FOR RAMPANT VILLA

The last time Aston Villa scored five goals in a Premier League away match was in April 2008 but they achieved the feat again in a 5-1 demolition of sorry Norwich City.

Dean Smith's men won just one of their opening seven league games this season but raced into a two-goal lead at Carrow Road within half an hour, thanks to Wesley's sharp shooting.

The Brazilian forward then missed a penalty but a superb second-half display from the visitors ensured it mattered not, with Jack Grealish and Conor Hourihane doubling Villa's lead before Douglas Luiz gave the travelling supporters a moment to treasure.

The 21-year-old received the ball 20 yards from goal and guided a curling shot into the top corner of Michael McGovern's net and, although Josip Drmic bagged a consolation for the Canaries, it was Villa's fans who went home smiling.

Mauricio Pochettino claimed the loss of Hugo Lloris to a serious arm injury had a major psychological impact on Tottenham in their chastening 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs captain Lloris was given oxygen before being carried from the pitch on a stretcher during the opening stages of Saturday's clash at the Amex Stadium.

The goalkeeper suffered the injury when he spilled a routine cross, stumbled backwards and planted his left arm, which appeared to buckle as he steadied his fall.

Neal Maupay nodded home the loose ball at point-blank range and Brighton went on to add a further two through teenager Aaron Connolly.

The sight of Lloris in agony and a fifth defeat of the season in all competitions capped a demoralising week for Tottenham, who were hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"I think the news is not good," Pochettino said of the France international, who was taken to hospital.

"We have to wait, the club is going to explain the real situation. Everyone saw on the pitch when he landed that it wasn't a good situation."

He added: "Of course it affected the game. We cannot take the credit from Brighton, but the team suffered a massive impact from that action.

"We tried to find a different way to play in the second half and we didn't have much luck.

"At 3-0 you could see the game was over. I want to say sorry to the fans and thank them for their massive effort."

Tottenham, still seemingly scarred by the result in midweek, offered little resistance after falling behind as they limped to a first defeat to Brighton in 36 years.

Irish forward Connolly was particularly impressive, marking his maiden Premier League start with two well-taken goals either side of half-time.

Graham Potter praised the 19-year-old as he celebrated a pressure-relieving first victory since the opening weekend of the season.

"He's been knocking on the door," Potter told BT Sport when asked about Connolly.

"He's had some substitute appearances and been unlucky not to score. He gives us an extra dimension. I'm delighted for him.

"He's a young lad with a big future and we're delighted we've got him with us."

Tottenham's dismal week concluded in humiliating fashion on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino's side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs' hopes of bouncing back from their 7-2 Champions League capitulation to Bayern Munich in midweek took a blow early on when Hugo Lloris' mistake gifted Neal Maupay the opener.

To further compound the visitors' misery, Lloris was subsequently taken off with an arm injury sustained as he landed awkwardly.

Aaron Connolly scored either side of half-time on his first Premier League start to secure a famous win for Brighton and one that leaves Tottenham with plenty to ponder heading into the international break.

Here we take a look at the best Opta facts from a shock result on the south coast.

17 - Tottenham have now lost 17 games in all competitions in 2019, more than any other Premier League side. Spurs have lost as many matches as they have won in this calendar year.

2 - Connolly is the first Irish teenager to score a Premier League double in over 20 years, with former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane having netted twice for Coventry City against Derby County in August 1999.

10 - Spurs have conceded 10 goals in their last two matches. It is the first time they have done so since December 1997, when they lost 6-1 to Chelsea before going down 4-0 to Coventry.

2:30 - Timed at two minutes and 30 seconds, Maupay's opener was Brighton's fastest goal in the Premier League.

100 - Youngster Connolly is the 100th player from the Republic of Ireland to score in the Premier League. The Republic of Ireland is now the fourth nation to have 100 or more different goalscorers in the league, along with England, France and Scotland.

8 - Lloris was taken off after eight minutes. It is the earliest a goalkeeper has been subbed off in a Premier League match since Lloris was replaced after four minutes in a match against Leicester City in March 2015.

Aaron Connolly scored twice and Hugo Lloris suffered a serious arm injury as Tottenham lost 3-0 at Brighton and Hove Albion to cap a dismal week.

Humiliated in a 7-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek, Spurs needed a response to ward off rumours of disharmony but encountered only more pain at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Lloris bore the worst of it, the captain left in agony and taken from the field on a stretcher following a lengthy delay after landing awkwardly on his left arm in an incident that gifted the hosts a third-minute lead.

The goalkeeper dropped a routine Pascal Gross cross, stumbled backwards and was in too much anguish to keep Neal Maupay from nodding home the loose ball at point-blank range.

Connolly, 19, doubled Brighton's lead before the interval and completed a dream first Premier League start with an exquisite second in the 65th minute that sealed his side's first win over Tottenham since 1983.

Paulo Gazzaniga replaced Lloris - who received oxygen from medical staff - and he was retrieving the ball from the back of the net in the 32nd minute.

The substitute made the initial save after Connolly beat Ben Davies to Dan Burns' delivery from the left but could not prevent the teenager from converting the rebound.

It took Tottenham almost 45 minutes to threaten Brighton's goal, Erik Lamela's attempt following a fine team move forcing Lewis Dunk to hack clear off his own line.

The influential Gross grazed the crossbar with a cheeky free-kick moments before Connolly scored his second, an arrowed right-footed shot into the far corner.

Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura were all unable to reduce the deficit as Spurs limped to another harrowing defeat.

What does it mean? Problems piling up for Pochettino

An injured captain, an ineffective Christian Eriksen and a fifth defeat in all competitions - this season is getting no easier for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

He now has two weeks to address a multitude of concerns, not least the psychology of a side that was clearly still reeling from Tuesday's loss to Bayern.

Connolly inspires Seagulls

Brighton had not won in the league since the opening weekend of the campaign, so throwing in a young forward against last season's Champions League finalists was a gamble by Graham Potter.

It paid off handsomely. The Irishman seemed at home as he took on defenders at will and scored two excellent goals.

Dier not the answer 

Serge Aurier's suspension prompted Pochettino to move Moussa Sissoko to right-back, leaving a spot free in midfield.

Eric Dier filled the vacancy but struggled badly to plug the gaps so ruthlessly exposed by Bayern, with his heavy touch and wayward passing of no help.

What's next?

Tottenham will be relieved to have the international break between this game and their next Premier League fixture, which is at home to Watford on October 19.

A suddenly upbeat Brighton visit Aston Villa the same day.

Tottenham's nightmarish week plunged new depths as Hugo Lloris was taken off on a stretcher with a serious arm injury after gifting away a goal in the third minute against Brighton and Hove Albion. 

The Spurs skipper was left in agony and received oxygen from medical staff following an awkward landing on his left arm in Saturday's Premier League match at Amex Stadium. 

His injury occurred after goalkeeper Lloris caught but then dropped a routine cross from Pascal Gross. 

He stumbled backwards and attempted to use his arm to cushion his fall, only for it to buckle under his weight. 

Neal Maupay nodded in the loose ball from point-blank range to give Brighton a 1-0 lead and compound Tottenham's misery, Mauricio Pochettino's men having been humiliated in a 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. 

Paulo Gazzaniga was substituted on as Lloris' replacement once the France international was taken from the pitch following several minutes of treatment.

Hugo Lloris admitted Tottenham "gave up" in the humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich that left Jan Vertonghen "ashamed".

Serge Gnabry scored four times and Robert Lewandowski twice as Spurs completely collapsed in front of their own fans on Tuesday.

The five-goal defeat was the heaviest an English team has suffered in a European match at home and plunged Mauricio Pochettino's men deeper into darkness four months on from their appearance in last season's Champions League final.

Tottenham have won just three of 10 games in all competitions since the June trip to Madrid, which resulted in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

Son Heung-min had given them an early lead against Bayern but the extraordinary scenes that unfolded thereafter fuelled speculation of disharmony inside the squad.

"I don't think the level of both teams is far away like the score [suggests] but we need to accept they were much better than us," Lloris told reporters.

"I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse.

"It's a night that affects us a lot. Now it's about character, clearing the mind."

The captain's comments echoed boss Pochettino's assessment of the performance, which ended with the concession of three goals after the 80-minute mark.

Pochettino warned of a "psychological" battle for his players ahead of Saturday's game against Brighton and Hove Albion and centre-back Vertonghen acknowledged the result could have a lasting effect.

"Everyone's ashamed," the defender said. "I think everyone will have a bad night's sleep, and probably a couple, about this.

"I feel extremely hurt - all negative words. It's embarrassing. It's a very bad result.

"I felt like they were extremely clinical. There's never an explanation for a score like this, but they punished us with every single mistake we made. We let the players and everyone at the club down with this result.

"It's good that the next game is already in a couple of days. We have to get back together - and I feel like the group is together - to overcome this defeat."

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