Lloris calls for attacking Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris has called on Tottenham to take their chances against Chelsea when the Premier League leaders visit White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day.

Spurs held Manchester United to a goalless draw last Sunday, largely as a result of Lloris’ brilliant shot-stopping.

But David de Gea was not similarly stretched at the other end and Lloris would like Thibaut Courtois, who is likely to be in the Chelsea goal, to be busier on Thursday.

“We are getting better and better every game,” Lloris said on tottenhamhotspur.com.

“Defensively, when you get a run of games it’s easier for everyone. We start to understand and to know what the manager wants, what he is expecting every game.

“It’s important to be strong, to not concede goals, not concede chances.

“But it’s not enough to win games. You need to score and to do more offensively.”

Chelsea were second best for much of the opening 20 minutes of the December 3 clash at Stamford Bridge, but scored two goals in quick succession in a 3-0 win.

Spurs are without a win in 10 matches against Chelsea and Lloris knows they must be at their best to end that run.

“This is Chelsea’s style,” he added.

“They want to give you confidence with the ball and then with the smallest mistake they punish you. We are aware of that.

“It will be a tough game and we need concentration and desire in front of our crowd to get a great performance.

“We need to keep going. Every game is different and we need a lot of energy for another big game.”

Spurs are 15 points behind Chelsea in seventh, but only two points behind fourth-placed Southampton.

Lloris said: “We know where we want to be at the end of the season. It’s a long, long walk.”

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