Hugo Lloris saved a penalty as Tottenham took a crucial first-leg advantage in their Champions League quarter-final clash against Manchester City in midweek.
But it hasn’t been a season in which he has consistently made such strong contributions to his side’s performances, with mistakes against PSV and Liverpool cropping up.
Speaking to L’Equipe, via Sport Witness, Lloris has offered a response to those who criticised him of late, saying: “I’m not perfect, I can make mistakes, but I know what I give for the club. I’m paid to play, they’re paid to talk.
“I have no revenge to take, it’s part of football. This is not a source of motivation: I play for my club, my coach, my teammates, my family, but not for those people. They have the right to analyse.”
Lloris joined Spurs back in 2012, for a fee BBC reported at the time was £11.8m, but despite winning the World Cup in the summer, it’s been difficult to ignore his decline in recent seasons.
He remains the club’s leader as captain and it is refreshing to see that he accepts the criticism as part of the job – especially when a goalkeeper makes the mistakes he has.
But Mauricio Pochettino should have his eye on the goalkeeping situation before Lloris becomes something of a liability.