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From zero to hero: Lloris atones for PSV and Barcelona clangers

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From zero to hero: Lloris atones for PSV and Barcelona clangers

Tottenham Hotspur had their defence to thank for their role in an impressive 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

Spurs defeated the Bundesliga league leaders again and will advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League thanks to the 4-0 aggregate win.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side produced a brilliant defensive display at Westfalenstadion, with Harry Kane bagging the winner for the visitors.

The likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were excellent for the Lilywhites.

But one man who deserves a lot of credit is Hugo Lloris, who made a string of good saves from Marco Reus, Julian Weigl, Mario Gotze and Jadon Sancho.

 

Lloris atones

It was the kind of performance that the World Cup winner – a £12 million signing from Lyon back in 2012 (The Daily Mail) – really needed in this competition.

He played very well against Arsenal last weekend, saving a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty to rescue a point, and would have been hoping to do the business against Dortmund.

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It’s been a topsy-turvy season for Lloris, who was slammed for the errors he made against PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona in the group stages of the competition.

The Frenchman rushed out from his goal against both sides. Against Barca at Wembley it led to a Philippe Coutinho goal, and against PSV he was sent off for clattering into Hirving Lozano – his antics ultimately almost cost Spurs a chance to even face Dortmund in the last 16.

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He was calamitous in the group stages and calls had been growing for Paulo Gazzaniga to take his place as number one.

But last night’s display was a reminder of his ability, and when he is focused there are few better goalkeepers in Europe.

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