Glenn Hoddle says Lloris had a very good game in Tottenham loss
Glenn Hoddle has praised Hugo Lloris following Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League loss to Sporting, claiming that the captain actually had a very good game – in comments to BT Sport (broadcast on 13/9; 19:50).
Antonio Conte’s men had a frustrating night in Portugal. While they were able to overcome a poor display to win against Marseille, they enjoyed no such luck on Tuesday.
Sporting score twice late on to secure the three points. And plenty of Tottenham fans will likely think that they got what they deserved in Lisbon.
Spurs were poor throughout and failed to create too many clear-cut chances. In fact, it seemed that no Tottenham player had more sightings of goal than Emerson Royal.
But one Spurs player can definitely hold his head up high. Lloris would have deserved huge credit if the visitors had managed to get away with a clean sheet.
The Frenchman made a remarkable stop to deny Marcus Edwards one of the all-time great goals in the Champions League in the first-half. And he produced a brilliant flying save from Pedro Porro just before the opening goal was scored.
He could do nothing about either goal. And Hoddle suggested that he can be pleased with his performance.
“He’s had a very good game. Without that, we’d have been on the end of a real thumping. This is a wonderful save. He gets one step in and goes with the top hand,” he told BT Sport when reflecting on the Porro save.
Lloris had a very good game
It is alarming that Lloris had such a good game and was on the losing side. Tottenham were well short of their best against Sporting.
They will not be overly concerned about their prospects of getting through their Champions League group. Sporting are clearly going to be a team to watch this year.
But the manner of the defeat is concerning. Tottenham are yet to hit top gear this season. So there is plenty of work for Conte to do over the coming weeks.
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