Jose Mourinho reveals why starting player against Norwich hurt him

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and captain, Hugo Lloris, made his return to the starting line-up this week as he made the XI to face Norwich City last night.

This was only his eighth Premier League appearance this season after the Frenchman dislocated his elbow against Brighton back in October.

Lloris went on to miss a total of 21 games across the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup for Spurs (Transfer Markt).

Paulo Gazzaniga, the Argentine understudy, stepped up into the number one position for those matches, largely impressing between the sticks.

Most recently, Gazzaniga saved a penalty against Watford to earn his side a point and a rare clean sheet away from home.

Despite the fact that Mourinho was able to welcome back the club captain Lloris last night, a player who had not played under the Special One before, it was mixed emotions.

Jose claimed that dropping Gazzaniga back to the bench hurt (Football London): “The return of Hugo is mixed emotions for me. It’s happiness to see one of the best goalkeepers in the world to be back. It’s a very good feeling for us but at the same time it is one of these decisions that sometimes we must have it, but it hurts. To leave Paulo out hurts.

“The good thing is that he is such a good member of the family and he is such a special friend of Hugo that I think he also shared our happiness to have Hugo back as a friend.

“For me, he gave me a lot of thinking and I had to try to be cold to make a decision without emotions because to leave Paolo out is not easy.”

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