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Merci Lloris!

Football can be cruel.

Captain Hugo Lloris gave 100% for his team and country in the Euro 2016 tournament. He was one of the main reason France had reached the final… only to fall to Portugal. His disappointment and heartbreak cannot be summed up. To play at home in front of your people and lost is extremely hard to take, but Les Bleus should hold their heads up in triumph. Just for bringing hope, joy, and smiles to millions of French people, this was already victorious. 

Only time will tell of this excellent goalie will eventually win a final. 

Merci Lloris. 

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Hugo Lloris is THAT player that Spurs can’t afford to lose

90min.com complied a list of that one player every PL team can’t afford to lose and for Tottenham Hotspur, it was blatantly obvious which player they were going to choose. This is what Jaime Elliot had to say about Hugo Lloris:

​If Tottenham were to lose Lloris, it is hard to see them as a top-half team.

The Frenchman has been spectacular between the posts and without a doubt the world class player in the Spurs side.

If they can hang onto him then they need to build their side around him, because he will only continue to be frustrated at his teammates’ ineptitude in front of him.

I agree with Jaime.

With the likes of PSG, Roma and Real Madrid on the heels of the French goalie, it is only a matter of time before he leave Spurs … that is if the team don’t stop procrastinating. They have what it takes to be champions and yet they refuse to give their all. Week in, week out, they’re leaving a bad taste on the lips of fans and critics alike. They can’t seem to give a 100% performance when it is really needed. They’re lacking in the goals department and they’re not any better at the back.

Watch their games. The manager cannot be at fault for the way they play all the time. They might have the players but they don’t have the passion and a total revamp in the near future might make sense, but they need to work with what they have. They can do it.

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Lloris seeks CL football; will cost £100m

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Hugo Lloris is not doing bad at all in London, but the 27 year-old goalie did not come to Tottenham Hotspur to play Europa League football. He wants to play in the Champions League and a goalie of his caliber should be in the Top 3 at the end of the season.

In the recent week, reports have claimed that the goalie were on the radars of FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and even Atletico Madrid. However, they’re only reports and nothing solid has come out of them as yet.

Spurs’ manager, Tim Sherwood is very much aware of Lloris wanting to play CL football and he is also very much aware of how great he is as a shot stopper and he has issued this statement regarding a possible summer move for the Frenchman to the Sunday Mirror:

‘He is one of the top goalies and unless someone is going to spend £100m on him, and keepers do not get bought for that money, I don’t think he will leave,’

‘He is one of the best keepers around. Of course people are going to want him. But I’m also sure the club won’t be tempted to get rid of him.

‘It was only that kind of figure that tempted the club to sell Gareth Bale and he desperately wanted to leave to progress his career at Real Madrid.’

Lloris was signed for £11m from Lyon back in 2012. In my opinion, £1oom is a giveaway price. Ah, kidding. Of course his value may increase after the world cup, but he is not worth £1oom. I guess Spurs are looking for their £1oom back.

I don’t know. I guess Lloris is probably worth around £25-£30m. It doesn’t matter what Sherwood say because in the end, it is not him who decides how much Lloris is worth.

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Wanted: Hugo Lloris

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Reports coming out from France and Spain are linking Hugo Lloris to a summer transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Tottenham wants to offer him a new contract, but they have to step their game up if they want the Frenchman to stay. We’ll see if he stays or goes come Summer.

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Hugo Lloris deserves so much better

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I have not been catching much football lately due to my studies but I do look at the scores at the end of the day, notably the teams I love/like.

I have been keeping track of Lloris’ games with Spurs and it has been becoming increasingly annoying, week in, week out, the team conceding silly goals due to the defense. Spurs started the season well underneath AVB and since Sherwood has taken over, it’s like they’ve been unsteady on choppy waters although they had some good games in the beginning of his mad reign.

Hugo Lloris left Lyon, a team whose defense can be undependable at times to come to Spurs, another Lyon in disguise when it comes to the defense. I am not saying all Lloris’ games are perfect, he had some off games himself during the season, but which goalie doesn’t have them? Lloris deserves so much better. He deserves to be playing Champions League football for a goalie in his caliber.

Massive reports in Spain are linking him to Real Madrid but Casillas won’t go quietly to Spurs and Diego Lopez won’t be easy relegated to the bench and Lloris will demand the #1 shirt, because there is no way in goalie hell, he’s going to warm the bench and play cup games. He might end up staying with Spurs, seeing he is their best player overall, but he deserves so much more.

After yesterday’s lost against Liverpool (4-0) in which he produced a super fine save denying Suarez his 2nd goal of the night, many football fans and critics have expressed their sympathy for the Frenchman:

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The season of Hugo Lloris

Lloris, while still with Lyon, won the Trophee des Champs this year (28th July 2013) during preseason

Hugo Lloris has always been a phenomenon in his native France and I have ALWAYS been a huge fan of his. He started out at OGC Nice and eventually moved to Lyon after snubbing AC Milan and I think it was the right choice because in doing so, this helped him to develop and he met Joel Bats, the best goalie trainer out there in my opinion. His skills and talent were not manufactured, they were developed overtime with hard work and dedication.

Although he was already a household name in France, he was still unrecognized globally. Sadly, this is because the Ligue 1 is not considered as a top league although they have produced many young talents who went on to do well outside of France. The only time fans of the beautiful game got a taste of Lloris was when he featured on the big stage in the Champions League and he had memorable games too, just ask Real Madrid.

Many fans feared that Hugo Lloris would not be given proper recognition if he stayed in France but that fear was soon replaced by another fear when it was announced that Lloris will move to London to become a Tottenham Hotspur player: the fear of Lyon marching on without him. He held Lyon together at the back and was a fans’ favorite.

Lloris for Lyon/Spurs

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Hugo Lloris started the 2012/13 season with Lyon, unsure if the club’s president was going to let him go to Spurs having received an offer from them while in New York for the Trophee des Champs. He did not play in the first Ligue 1 game  of the season against Rennais because he had the virus, but he played against Troyes and ETG before finalizing a move to the White Hart Lane on August 31st 2012.

When he moved to Spurs he faced competition from Brad Freidel and started on the bench for the EPL games while he was given the starting role in the Europa League games. He made his debut for Spurs in the Europa match against Lazio keeping a clean sheet on September 20th 2012 as the game went on to end in a scoreless draw. He made his EPL debut a month later on the 7th against Aston Villa keeping a clean sheet as Spurs won 2-0 and he was the Man of the Match for many including me.

Lloris played a total of 33 games for Spurs inclusive of cup games, but nothing beats seeing him make his EPL debut proving doubters wrong that he can indeed do it on a cold day or a hot day or any football given day in London. Another favorite game was mine was the Lazio v Spurs game which ended in another scoreless draw, but had it not been for Hugo, Lazio would have won. It was a one man show and Lloris was the star of it.

When he was handed the chance to prove himself he did not hold back. He showed what a quality signing he was and why he deserved the #1 jersey. He was professional through and through and he did not at once whine about why he was not starting in public. He did not look back since taking over as Spurs #1 against West Ham on November 25th 2012.

Lloris for France

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Lloris on national duty for France in May

I love seeing the French team in action and France is lucky to have such a terrific goalie for their #1. Lloris kept a clean sheet against Uruguay in their August meeting but his best game was the world cup qualifier against Spain. The match drew 1-1 but Lloris saved a penalty, had a double save and was easily the Man of the Match.

In total he played 10 games for France last season and although he hates getting the clean sheet dirty, sometimes there is nothing he can do about it. He only had two clean sheets out of the 10 games played.

STATS: Hugo Lloris’ 2012/13 season

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This is a total of every game Lloris played last season including the cup games, EPL and for country. The most Lloris conceded was 5 against Arsenal in the EPL. He had been conceding at least 1 goal or 2 a game season long.

Total apps: 45 (10 for France; 5 in the Europa; 1 Capital Cup; 2 for Lyon; 27 in the EPL)

Total clean sheets: 13 (2 for France; 2 in Europa; 9 in EPL)

Total goals conceded: 47 (11 for France; 3 in the Europa; 2 in the Capital Cup inclusive of a Jan OG; 2 for Lyon; 29 in the EPL inclusive of a Bale OG)

meantime enjoy some penalty saves here:

And here’s to next season!

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End Of A Lyon Era

Lloris arriving at the Spurs Lodge

It’s the end of a Lyon era for Lloris that is. The gardien served the Ligue 1 club from 2009-2012. Lloris signed a 4 year deal with EPL club, Tottenham Hotspur on 31st August 2012. As I said before, I watch their games, but with Lloris being their goalie, I’ll be watching even more. No, I am not a huge fan or anything like that. I’ll be supporting my favorite gardien by tuning in to watch his games. I sure hope he’ll be wearing the number 1 shirt! It won’t make sense to put this goalie on the bench. Not with someone as incredible with invaluable experience and skills.

Lloris began his senior playing career with OG Nice in 2005. There he made 72 appearances before departing for Olympique Lyonnais, where he clocked up 146 league appearances, twice winning the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award.

His statement via Spurs TV:

“I am here because I believe in Tottenham. I think everything is okay for the future of Tottenham, we have great players in the team and a great coach and everything is alright and in place to get to the Champions League next year. I think we have to prove ourselves on the pitch and I’m here because I believe in, and am ready to give my best for, the team and also the fans.”

View the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1pmpUevJ_AA

All the best Lloris and thank you for your contribution to the OL. No doubt, you’ll be missed, but go there and show them what a great goalie you are! Maybe now you’ll get the recognition you deserve!