Mourinho reveals what he has noticed about Hugo Lloris’ impact in an empty stadium

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Although he was out injured for the early months of Jose Mourinho’s reign in North London, Hugo Lloris is now firmly back as Tottenham’s number one and captain.

The World-Cup-winner enjoyed a masterful display against Manchester United last week on Spurs’ Premier League return.

Lloris made two or three world-class stops, as well as marshalling the Spurs defence throughout the 90-minutes. Perhaps the only way he could have had a better game would have been to save Bruno Fernandes’ penalty.

Jose Mourinho talked in his Zoom pre-match press conference today about the impact that Lloris can have in an empty stadium amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Special One claimed that goalkeepers can often find it difficult to be heard amongst the crowd, especially in a stadium of over 60,000 people like Tottenham’s.

However, with no crowds, Mourinho believes that Lloris is able to communicate better and act as an extension of the coach on the field of play.

He said (Football London): “Yeah. He’s now in a privileged position because now the communication is much easier. I believe, I’m sure that his level of communication is exactly the same as every match in his career, but he’s used to struggling for his voice to be heard.

“In this moment every word you say is very easy. Of course I always believe a goalkeeper is a good leader, and a good captain, independent of that, I always knew that a goalkeeper looking at a game in a fantastic position, to organise and be a little bit an extension of the coach, especially in the defensive organisation.

“So if we can get something positive out of the negativity of an empty stadium, of communicating.”

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