Hugo Lloris has said tuesday nights match against Real Madrid is an occasion to savour and an opportunity to embrace,according to an article in The Irish Times, and he said if he was perfectly honest, it is one that he did not see happening for him at Tottenham.
So much so that our Captain had started to consider his future back towards the final months of the 2014-15 season, with the article saying our French goalkeeper felt further away than ever from Europe’s elite competition.
The piece talks about Lloris’ supposed move to Manchester United as a replacement for David De Gea that never materialised, allegedly because of a misfiring fax machine that kept the Spaniard at Old Trafford. However Hugo stayed put and the article says on reflection of our relative subsequent progress under Mauricio, Hugo is thankful that he did.
Speaking on Monday ahead of our game, the article says Lloris was in confident mood
“We have nothing to lose and all to win,” Hugo said. The article says that this was not always the case for Hugo at the club and a quote from Toni Jimenez, Spurs’ goalkeeping coach, resonated loudly.
Jimenez said in an interview with AS “It wasn’t just Hugo, there were lots of people who were sleeping here,” “They’ve woken up.”
Lloris adds “There is always something to prove”. “The target is to be competitive, enjoy our football, make a great team performance and to show the face of Tottenham. We want to play with our concepts, keep possession, be aggressive and try to be dominant – even if that will be tough against Real at the Bernabeu. It’s a big opportunity for us to face one of the biggest clubs in the world and, also, to face the best players.”
It goes on to say that Hugo was full of praise for Cristiano Ronaldo. Lloris said:”He is an inspiration for the new generation; a machine of success,”.
“He is a great leader and a great personality, too.”
We were well beaten 4-0 on our last visit to the Bernabeu in the 2011 Champions League quarter-final, first-leg – however the article concludes with Lloris having happier memories of playing Madrid. He was part of the Lyon team that drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu in the second-leg of the Champions League last 16 in 2010 for a 2-1 aggregate victory.
Lloris said: “We made it through in 2010 [with Lyon],” Lloris said. “We have to be solid and believe in ourselves. It is a collective sport and it is possible to make great achievements.”
Words or encouragement from our captain there. It’s all about belief in their own abilities. On our day we can beat anyone hopefully starting with Madrid tonight.
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