A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have been praising Hugo Lloris for his on-the-pitch clash with Spurs teammate Son Heung-min at half time in Monday night’s Premier League victory.
Tottenham, who went into the game on the back of a dismal 3-1 loss at Sheffield United, hosted a resurgent Everton, who had won their last two and held Liverpool to a draw in their three matches post-restart.
Spurs took the lead in the 24th minute, with Michael Keane deflecting Giovani Lo Celso’s shot past Jordan Pickford, and retained that advantage come half time.
As the players were walking towards the tunnel, Lloris ran towards Son and exchanged some stern words with his teammate after the latter failed to track an Everton run before the break.
The duo appeared fine with each other in the second half as Tottenham hung on to their lead against a toothless Everton side, the three points edging Spurs up to eighth in the table.
Jose Mourinho described the altercation as “beautiful” as it showed passion and commitment from the players and many Spurs fans agreed with the boss.
Below is some of the social media reaction to the £8million man’s actions:
I’m honestly glad to see the emotion.
— ENIC OUT (@hainesy99) July 6, 2020
First time I’ve physically seen him act as a captain and leader tonight. It doesn’t look good for the world to see, but at least there is fight there and someone showing they care.
Respect to Hugo.
— Harvey (@Namdalla1993) July 6, 2020
I LOVED the way he protected the boys. Plus, it could be the making of us. Fact is, we are too nice a bunch & Sonny did need a talking to. Maybe wiser to have saved it for the dressing room. But hey, we would’ve had to wait till the series comes out ?
— ? Allison Jane Smith ? (@AllisonJaneSmi2) July 6, 2020
After the mess that was the Sheffield match.. it was nice to see frustration bubbling up on the pitch. Spurs have lacked leadership and passion this season above all else! So much talent… a real embarrassment of riches.. but the mindset has been missing. Love it from Lloris!
— Tottenham PollSpur ? (@PollspurCOYS) July 6, 2020
The incident between Lloris and Son isn’t great, but it was needed to be seen.
Many people have questioned Hugo’s leadership, and it’s refreshing to see that fight and him wanting to get the best out of the Spurs players.
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) July 6, 2020
Is that the most dynamic we’ve ever seen Lloris in terms of leadership? #COYS
— Zoe Pearson (@Z_PearsonTHFC) July 6, 2020
Atleast he’s showing a bit of fight and passion as captain for once
— Wharfey (@Wharfey11) July 6, 2020