Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has described Hugo Lloris as “the best French goalkeeper” after Spurs got the better of Fulham in last night’s Premier League clash.
Jose Mourinho’s charges boosted their top-four hopes with a 1-0 victory at Fulham, sealed by Tosin Adarabioyo’s 19th-minute own goal.
Dele Alli, making his first league start since the start of the season, flicked an effort goalwards which the Cottagers defender deflected over the line.
Fulham did manage to get the ball in the back of the net but Josh Maja’s effort was disallowed by VAR due to a handball in the build-up and Spurs went on to seal all three points.
Lloris put in a superb performance in between the sticks, making several saves – including a superb stop to keep out Joachim Andersen’s header – and catches to keep the opposition at bay.
Fulham counterpart and compatriot Alphonse Areola also did well for his side, leading to Mourinho praising him too, but the Portuguese made clear he feels Lloris is still the best.
“It was a tough game and we knew it,” Mourinho told BBC Sport after the game (21:16).
“They play very well, they don’t score many but they don’t concede many either.
“We had chances to kill it and we didn’t and then the game becomes very similar to what we have had in other games.
“He [Lloris] is there for that. Their goalkeeper also did it, a couple of saves that would kill the game. Hugo is the best French goalkeeper and made a couple of saves to show it.”
You can’t really argue with Mourinho – the £100,000-a-week star is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and the reigning World Cup-winning captain.
Areola is also a great player, who sadly hasn’t had the rub of the green so far in his career, but he’s showing his class and hopefully can make a big move in the summer.