Hugo Lloris has been showing some of his form of yesteryear in recent weeks and made a crucial save in Tottenham Hotspur’s fixture against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening.
Just before the half time whistle, the Spurs captain made a brilliant save to his right to push away a header from Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou. While some of the power of the header was removed after the ball came off Juan Foyth’s head, the save proved to be vital.
If Dortmund had scored, it could have changed the course of the game. Instead, both sides went into the break level at 0-0 and Tottenham took advantage of the opportunity to turn the game on its head just moments into the second half when Heung-min Son netted.
Spurs midfielder Harry Winks was full of praise for his skipper, who was also in inspired from during the 3-1 victory against Leicester City.
Winks described Lloris’ heroics in the Champions League tie as a match-winning save.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side went on to add two further goals from Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente to give Spurs a comfortable 3-0 advantage going into the second leg.
Winks told the official Spurs site: “It was massive – it was a great save and the match-winning save as well, because if you go into half-time 1-0 down it’s a different game, but for Hugo to keep us in it the way he did was incredible and credit to him for doing that.
“You can see that he’s in great form. He probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves at times because we’ve got so many high-flying players at the front doing so well at the moment, but people like Hugo pulling off saves like that, which was fantastic to keep us in the game – it’s just as important a match-winning moment for us as the other boys scoring up top.”
He added: “He’s world-class. There’s a reason why he’s won the World Cup and why he’s as key to us as he is – because he can produce moments like we’ve seen this week.
“He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic captain and we’re lucky to have him as our skipper.”
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