Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho says Spurs captain Hugo Lloris is now in a “privileged position” as his voice can be heard more easily in an empty stadium (Football London).
As with most football leagues around Europe that have resumed after being suspended due to the global health crisis, Premier League and Championship games are now taking place behind closed doors.
When it comes to goalkeepers wearing the captain’s armband, it can sometimes be hard for them to communicate with their teammates further up the pitch during a regular fan-attended game due to the crowd noise.
However, Mourinho – speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League meeting with West Ham – has described the lack of crowd as one potential positive out of the negativity of playing in an empty stadium.
The Tottenham boss feels that goalkeepers make good leaders and captains anyway, as their position on the pitch enables them to organise and be an “extension of the coach” in a way.
“He’s now in a privileged position because now the communication is much easier,” Mourinho told Football London. “I believe, I’m sure that his level of communication is exactly the same as every match in his career, but he’s used to struggling for his voice to be heard.
“In this moment every word you say is very easy. Of course I always believe a goalkeeper is a good leader, and a good captain, independent of that, I always knew that a goalkeeper looking at a game in a fantastic position, to organise and be a little bit an extension of the coach, especially in the defensive organisation.
“So if we can get something positive out of the negativity of an empty stadium, of communicating.”
As a captain of a World Cup-winning nation and a top Premier League team that reached the Champions League final last year, Lloris’ credentials as a player and skipper are there for all to see.
While empty stadiums are a sad sight to say the least – of course, there’s little that can be done about that in wake of current events – it’s good to see one small positive emerge from this for Spurs.