After Tottenham Hotspur’s win against Fulham at the weekend, both Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Clement Lenglet praised the performance of their captain Hugo Lloris.
Spurs were much improved after a lacklustre display at West Ham in midweek, with five changes to the starting line-up proving to be a risk worth taking for Antonio Conte. The 2-1 scoreline could have been far bigger had the home side taken more of their chances.
With Cristian Romero returning from injury and Clement Lenglet handed his first start, Spurs looked far more comfortable in defence too. A lapse in concentration allowed Fulham to score, but for the most part, Tottenham’s back line showed great composure.
Despite their dominance, Spurs can thank their loyal captain for holding on to all three points. Lloris made numerous big saves throughout the game, including an acrobatic stop late on from an Aleksandar Mitrovic effort.
Lloris received widespread praise for his performance, and his impact was recognised by Hojbjerg in an interview with SpursPlay.
Hojbjerg said: “He’s doing it year after year and Hugo is not only my friend, is also a fantastic teammate and my captain.
“[He’s] a legend and sometimes you are lucky to be able to play with legends through your career and Hugo is one of them. I hope for him that we can bring him something this season or whenever, because he deserves that.”
Fellow Frenchman and Spurs new boy Clement Lenglet also had plenty of praise for the veteran keeper. When discussing that save late in the game, Lenglet told Spurs TV: “This is the definition of Hugo Lloris, no?”
“He’s always present when we have a bad moment and when we are in difficulty. He showed all his qualities on this save and we are very happy to have Hugo behind us.”
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It seems like Hugo Lloris is playing better than ever right now, and his importance to the team stretches far beyond his role as captain. We deserved the three points against Fulham, but we have Hugo to thank for securing that win. While his footwork comes under scrutiny at times, there’s no denying his shot-stopping abilities, and he proved that again at the weekend.
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