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Quick off his line: Sweeper 'keeper Hugo Lloris

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel feels that Hugo Lloris is ideally suited to the way manager Andre Villas-Boas wants his side to play.

France international, Lloris has forced the 42-year-old Friedel into the role of understudy since his £12m arrival from Lyon in the summer of 2012.

Lloris has established himself as the No.1 at White Hart Lane, operating as a ‘sweeper keeper’ – a shot-stopper who is keen to snuff out attacks early by venturing off his goal-line.

Friedel feels that the 26-year-old’s attributes are perfect for that specific way of playing, after watching his team-mate keep four clean sheets this season.

“AVB (Villas-Boas) wants us to play a high line and wants us to attack teams,” Friedel told Sky’s Goals on Sunday programme.

“With that [way of playing] Hugo is very good for that style – it’s not really his starting position, more the decisions that he takes.

“Hugo will make a decision and just go. The tackle that he made on Theo Walcott (in the North London derby) or the save that he made at Cardiff – they were right on the borderline of being a red card or not.

“I’m happy he does it so that the team can win because it obviously works. In 10 games we’ve conceded two goals.

“Can Hugo be one of the best ever for Tottenham? Time will tell, but he’s an outstanding goalkeeper. Hugo is a very good goalkeeper and very quick in his decision making off the line.”

Spurs have made a good start to their Premier League campaign and currently sit third after taking 13 points from their first six games.
SOURCE: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tottenham-goalkeeper-brad-friedel-says-2323514

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