France legend Jean-Pierre Papin has heaped the praise on Hugo Lloris for his display against Portugal on Saturday after the Tottenham goalkeeper captained his side to a 1-0 win in the crucial Nations League encounter.
Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda started for France in their international friendly against Finland last week and the experienced shot-stopper did not cover himself in glory as Les Blues suprisingly lost 2-0 in Paris.
Didier Deschamps reverted to a full-strength side on Saturday, with Lloris returning between the sticks and the 33-year-old proved his worth again making a number of key saves.
The Spurs goalkeeper denied Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Guerrero from range, before diving full-stretch to tip away a Joao Moutinho pile-driver as France overcame the Portuguese 1-0 on the night.
Some Tottenham fans were quite impressed with Lloris’ performance and insisted that the goalkeeper is not getting the credit he deserves for his impressive run of form since returning from his injury back in January.
Papin lavished praise on Lloris for the saves he pulled off on Saturday, describing them as ‘miracles’.
The former Ballon d’Or winner told L’Equipe: “A great goalkeeper. Lloris has three balls to save, and he achieved three miracles.
“I liked the mastery of this well-organised team. They displayed seriousness and discipline, which is reassuring for the future. We feared that Portugal would crush us, but it was not the case.”
Lloris was once again between the sticks last night when France beat Sweden in Paris8
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