Hoddle claims one Spurs star had ‘very good game’ despite Sporting defeat

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Glenn Hoddle believes that Hugo Lloris can hold his head up high despite Tottenham’s 2-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon yesterday.

While Tottenham dominated proceedings, for the most part, particularly after the interval, the home side always looked a threat on the counter-attack.

Towards the end of the first half, former Spurs man Marcus Edwards almost scored what would have been one of the goals of the season as he weaved past several Spurs players, played a one-two with Francisco Trincao, and then tried to poke the ball into the net.

However, Lloris produced an instinctual save from point-blank range to keep the scores level.

The Tottenham captain produced another fine stop towards the end of the match as he put in a full stretched dive to claw away a curling effort from Pedro Porro, which looked destined for the top corner.

Unfortunately, that save did not count for much, with Sporting scoring their opening goal of the game from the resulting corner kick.

Hoddle believes the scoreline could have been much worse had Lloris not been in top form yesterday.

The Spurs legend told BT Sport (broadcast on 13/9; 19:50) about the Frenchman: “He’s had a very good game. Without that, we’d have been on the end of a real thumping. 

“This is a wonderful save”, he said referring to Lloris’ save towards the end of the second half. “He gets one step in and goes with the top hand.”

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Lloris proved, once again, yesterday why he is one of the best shot-stoppers in world football. On the whole, he did not have the busiest of games but the few efforts he did face, looked destined for the back of the net and he pulled off a couple of exceptional saves.

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