Belfast Telegraph

Lloris eyes more Spurs action

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insists he needs to play more games in order to boost his confidence.

Lloris, a deadline day capture from Lyon, pulled off a string of world-class saves to earn Tottenham a vital point in their 0-0 Europa League draw at Lazio on Thursday night. Lloris had said last week that he found it "difficult to accept" that he was not the club's regular number one goalkeeper, having often been second choice behind Brad Friedel.

"I need to keep playing to get more confidence and play to my best," Lloris said.

"It's good to play in European games, but I need to keep playing and I hope that I will get to play more."

Manager Andre Villas-Boas' policy of rotating his top two goalkeepers has caused disappointment in the French national camp, with head coach Didier Deschamps warning that his captain could lose match sharpness if he does not play regularly.

Lloris himself knows he has been anointed as the long-term successor to 41-year-old Friedel, however, and insists he will remain patient over the situation.

"The coach takes the responsibility for the decisions," Lloris said.

"I hope I do play more games, but at the moment we are concentrating on the aims of the club.

"I am part of a team, a club and respect decisions and we are not here to create problems.

"Things are good between all four goalkeepers and the goalkeeping coach (Tony Parks) too. We have got some quality goalkeepers - Carlo Cudicini, Brad Friedel, and (Heurelho) Gomes too. We just train to our best and it's up to the club to then decide."


From Belfast Telegraph