Hugo Lloris addressed the press last evening in Rennes on the eve of France facing Albania in a friendly.
On not playing the last two games: “It was another way of living with the French national team.”
On Raphael Varane: “Varane is becoming more and more important. He has this ability to put the whole defensive sector at ease. There are very few players like Varane. He still has a lot of things to prove, but he has the potential to become a truly great player.”
On Steve Mandanda: “My relationship with Steve has been very good from the start. We are all teammates, even if there is competition for places.”
On playing for France: “All the games are important when you’re wearing the France shirt, no matter who the opposition is. It is a joy and makes me proud.”
On Tottenham Hotspur: “It is a delicate period with Tottenham, we need to ask ourselves questions and find the answers. We have a collective problem. We are growing during these moments, we are forcing to find a solution.”
On playing in Rennes: “It is important to leave the Paris region and be in contact with our fans.”
On Karim Benzema: “Karim has taken on another dimension. He is decisive for Real, he scores a lot. It is good for France. Karim has reached a level of confidence that allows him to do the right thing at the right time. He is a complete package. I think that Karim deserves to be on the podium for the Ballon D’Or. I want him to be.”
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It’s that time again and I love for international breaks because of my beloved Frenchies. This time around we”ll be playing friendlies against Albania and Sweden.
Les Bleus arrived at the Clairefontaine last evening (Pogba was overjoyed to see his captain):
They already had their first practice (Lloris was being a gossip girl in training):
They met their supporters (the adorable little girl!):
And what is Les Bleus without a photoshoot lately?
Zomba looks happy to be here. He must like photoshoots
My, Gonalons, what extra weight you’re packing under there!
The beauty that is Layvin Kurzawa
I told you he was a beauty! The French squad is just getting more beautiful every time.
Oh oh. Lacazette sees something he doesn’t like
No peeking! Wait your turn!
*** Thanking fff.fr for the videos and photos.
During the summer of 2014, there was much speculation over which Spurs star would don the captain’s armband left behind by the departing Michael Dawson.
The reasoning behind why Dawson was such a successful captain was simply the passion and belief he showed in whoever was in charge at the Lane. Whether Jol, Ramos, Redknapp, AVB or Sherwood, the former Forest defender understood the importance of getting behind the manager, whether he championed their philosophies or not.
Dawson recognised that support for the club as a whole was far more important than anything else, and if that meant giving 100% for the man employed to lead them, than that’s exactly what he did through thick and thin – something he often experienced during his turbulent time at the club.
Under a new manager and with the departure of Dawson to Hull City, Younes Kaboul was selected as the new leader of the pack. Despite criticism in the 2013/14 season, early signs have pointed up for the new captain, with his show-stopping defensive display at the Emirates warranting much praise. Much like his French compatriot Hugo Lloris, the skipper illustrates encouraging motivational support for his side. The visit of Southampton to White Hart Lane was the clearest example of this, with Eric Dier’s substitute appearance receiving much praise from the pair.
His celebrations after Harry Kane’s 90th minute winner at Villa Park showed true passion for the club, showing shades of his predecessor. However with defensively stability something Spurs (and the Premier League), so desperately lack at this time, passion is little compensation for conceding goals.
Younes Kaboul at times this season has resurrected some of his more reckless behaviour that Tottenham fans grew to detest in the last campaign. His clumsy ramming into the back of the opponent often results in conceding dangerous free-kicks. In the case of Spurs’ 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, his dangerous slide tackle inside his own area was enough for the official to award a penalty. Luckily for the skipper, Lloris bailed him out of an embarrassing few minutes at the Etihad. The performance at home to Newcastle was once again tired and sloppy from the former Portsmouth man, with his show in the victory over Aston Villa at the weekend far from inspiring.
Partnering Jan Vertonghen can at times be no easy task, with the Belgian lacking in pace. Nonetheless, Kaboul is no sprinter himself, and whether playing against Aguero or Peter Crouch, the necessity to have that capability is something in which he is lacking. Watching your captain play rather sluggish and lethargic is far from awe-inspiring, and with youngsters such as Eric Dier watching on eagerly, Kaboul lacks the clinical permanence that a captain should embody.
So who would perhaps better fit the position of skipper at Tottenham Hotspur? The answer is between the sticks.
Signing on deadline day in 2012, Hugo Lloris has quickly become a fan favourite at White Hart Lane. From daring sweeping to stupendous saves, the former Lyon keeper really has transformed the expected standard of goalkeeping at Spurs (despite many a famous face finding home in the Spurs goal over the years). Although enduring a stunted start, the French international has gained much interest, pushing away speculation of a move to PSG in the summer to remain at the club.
Simply watching the passion he shows after a goal, or even after his defence make a rare tackle, Lloris makes it his duty to praise the team. The difference between the goalkeeper and the current captain is simply performance. As Dawson showed, you can pat your team on the back until the cows come home, however unless you exhibit traits of stability and skill whilst doing so, your team may not give you the desired commitment that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are screaming for.
The best credentials Lloris can present for earning the right to be captain are his 68 international caps for France. Initially becoming captain in 2010 against England, the Frenchman became recognised as a leader for his country. Earning the full title in 2012, it was clear that with a World Cup under his belt, he was the man to take his international team-mates forward.
Performances were key in sustaining such a role, with his understudy Steve Mandanda hot on his heels. The same can be said about the current situation at Spurs. With summer signing Michel Vorm keen to break into the first-team, Lloris has continued to battle hard for his number one shirt. Maintaining a role in both the league and Europa League presented a clear example of Lloris’ willingness to play, desire to push himself further, and growing passion for pulling on the Tottenham shirt.
Lloris seems to want the ‘Pochettino style’ to work more than anyone. From interviews he seems to want the system to click and from celebrations it is clear that he is ecstatic when it comes together. Lloris has developed a love for Spurs since signing, perhaps because he can see that there is something (whether hard to see at the moment), for the club to build towards. With little left on the contract of Younes Kaboul (and with it becoming increasingly unlikely for him to extend it), Spurs need to appoint a captain that will remain for the long-term. Lloris has shown the key credentials to take-on such a position, however with frustration creeping into the dressing room on current performances, a test of patience will identify whether this desired long-term skipper is the man himself.
Hugo Lloris had a great match against Asteras Tripolis this evening in the Europa League, but he was shown a straight red in the 87′ for a foul when Spurs was already up 5-0. Kane took over between the sticks and conceded in the 89′, the game ending 5-1 in Spurs favor.
The red card was a blow for the goalie after his sublime display, but Spurs had a great victory and should be proud of their performance.
Kane putting on the #1 shirt to take up duty between the sticks
STAT ATTACK: Hugo Lloris has now made more saves (27) than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season
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Back to work after international duty!
Sergio Aguero ruled supreme when Man City hosted Spurs, scoring all 4 goals in their vital 4-1 victory. I wrote some notes down during the match, so here’s my summary (I apologize for ALL grammatical errors).
1′ City kicks us off
> City starts strong as expected. Meanwhile, Spurs seem to be losing the ball a little too much for my liking.
5′ Chadli to Mason, who pulls the shot … nowhere on target
7′ Clever little ball from Soldado to Mason, who shoots straight at Hart. Should have buried that for the early lead.
8′ Eriksen! Deflected over for a corner, which came to nothing in the end 0-0
9′ Silva! He could have shoot, but he decides to pass to Kun, who was in an offside position. Should have just gone for goal.
11′ Navas crosses across the face of goal, but…
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So much to do so little time and I am gearing up for National Novel Writing Month so football might have to take a back burner.
Unless of course it’s Les Bleus! You know I’ll do anything for the Frenchies.
Armenia is hosting Les Bleus in a friendly today, but first, I need to do some catching up.
Trip to Yerevan (capital of Armenia):
I honestly thought Lloris was gonna bust a move! Watch the video of the trip:
TRAINING (last evening):
See the video here:
STATS! (via fff.fr):
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France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris is a doubt for his country’s friendly at home to Portugal on Saturday because of a groin problem which forced him to miss training.
The Tottenham Hotspur ‘keeper had already worked apart from the rest of his international colleagues on Tuesday and his absence from Wednesday’s behind-closed-doors session casts further doubt over his chances of featuring against Portugal.
If he does miss out, Marseille’s Steve Mandanda, who missed the World Cup due to injury, will replace him and win his 17th cap.
With all the clamor surrounding star goalkeepers such as Joe Hart, Thibaur Courtois, and David De Gea, Tottenham’s goalkeepers Hugo Lloris seems has been quietly outperforming them all season.
Spurs fans wont be surprised to know that Lloris has the highest save percentage out of all the goalkeepers in England right now, with a save rate of 75%, with Joe Hart his nearest rival at 67%.
With these stats on hand, why is it that we don’t have Lloris’ name mentioned when talking about the best goalkeepers in England and in Europe? Surely with a better defense in front of him, those number would even be higher.
It’s interesting to note that despite Tottenham’s shaky defense, Lloris still manages to have the highest save percentage.
A talent like him won’t be content with Tottenham’s inability to compete for major trophies, so don’t be surprised to see him seek a way out in the near future should his form continue.