Hugo Lloris batted away a question from the French media this week about whether he and Harry Kane are tired of carrying Tottenham.
Lloris has been a fantastic servant for Tottenham since arriving from Lyon in the summer of 2012. The Frenchman’s form has been exemplary for the last two years and he was rewarded with a two-year deal by the North London club back in January.
The 35-year-old, who continues to captain both his club and country, is not showing signs of decline just yet but he had to bat away questions regarding Tottenham’s lack of success ahead of France’s upcoming friendlies against the Ivory Coast and South Africa.
Lloris explained that the competition at the top end of the Premier League is very difficult and that Spurs had to operate smartly to close the gap.
According to the print edition of L’Equipe (24/03/22 edition – as relayed by Sport Witness), the goalkeeper was asked in his press conference: “Harry Kane and you, aren’t you tired of carrying a team that never wins anything?”
Lloris responded: “The important thing is to keep this desire to win! Afterwards, in football, we win, we lose, but we have to start by giving ourselves chances to do so, and that’s what we’re doing at the moment.
“But we are in England, we have monsters ahead of us, with more resources than ours. By doing things smartly, we can get closer.”
Lloris also hailed the passion and organisation that Antonio Conte has brought to Spurs since his arrival.
When asked about the team’s improvement under the Italian, the Tottenham captain said: “Before projecting yourself, you have to take everything there is to take from a coach like him.
“February was a little more difficult but we, inside the team, we feel a progression, a real understanding of the structure he wants to give, and I think that something is happening.
“He brought his passion, which can be extreme, his system, his style of play, and in four months, which is really not much, we feel an evolution. We hope it will lead to a good end to the season.
“With him, we have a common goal: to surpass ourselves, to relive great moments in the Champions League. He lives football 200%, and there are plenty of things to learn from him, and to keep.”
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That was a deliberately proactive question aimed at making headlines, as one has come to expect from journalists in this click-bait era. Lloris has done well to give a diplomatic answer that does not stir the pot or create any unnecessary headlines.
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