Lenglet praises Hugo Lloris after Spurs star's landmark appearance
Clement Lenglet has told the Tottenham Hotspur official website that Hugo Lloris is one of the greatest players in the history of French football after he became the country’s all-time leading appearance maker at the weekend.
Lloris’ achievement has been somewhat overshadowed this side of the channel after France beat England to reach the semi-final of the World Cup.
His 143rd cap took him past Lilian Thuram. And he celebrated with a couple of big saves from Spurs teammate Harry Kane. He was also given reason to celebrate as Kane was unable to put his late penalty on target.
Lenglet praises Lloris
Lloris remains on course to guide Les Bleus to back-to-back World Cup triumphs. And after his landmark appearance, Lenglet outlined just how much respect he has for his countryman and Tottenham teammate.
“I’m so proud of Hugo, it’s such a big achievement. For a long time, Lilian Thuram was the number one, now Hugo is the new number one, and reaching the number in such a big game against England, where he played very well,” he told the club’s official website.
“To all French people, he’s a legend because he’s a very good person, a very good professional, an amazing goalkeeper. He’s one of the best players in the history of the French national team.
“Hopefully, he’ll have two more caps at the World Cup. He can make history. It’s a long way yet, you have to think game by game, Morocco next, but as I said, it would be a big, big achievement for him.”
It would be a remarkable achievement if France retained their trophy. But they appear to now have an unbelievable opportunity, with Morocco lying ahead in the semi-final.
Argentina have pushed their luck at various points throughout the tournament. And of course, Didier Deschamps’ men know how to beat Croatia in a World Cup final. So the French are big favourites.
Spurs fans will hope that the run helps Lloris upon his return to Hotspur Way. There is absolutely no doubt that the 35-year-old continues to prove himself at the very highest level.
However, he has not been as consistent as he used to be. And with that, there is a debate to be had over how long he will continue to captain the side and remain the undisputed number one.
A replacement is not needed yet. But clearly, he is going to leave a huge void when he does step aside – for club and country.
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