He also refused to blame Dele Alli for missing a sitter – even though victory would have put his team top of Group E.
Spurs were on top in the first half. Leverkusen took control after the break and needed skipper Lloris to shine, with one stop from ex-Manchester United star Javier Hernandez particularly impressive.
“After two years and a few months here, I can only say good things about him,” said Pochettino. “He is a fantastic keeper – one of the best in the world – and in the second half he was brilliant again.