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Martin Keown’s comments on Tottenham ace Hugo Lloris are justified

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Martin Keown’s comments on Tottenham ace Hugo Lloris are justified

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris returned from injury to start the 4-2 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday night and hardly covered himself in glory.

Spurs were well beaten by the Spanish giants and have an uphill struggle now to get out of their Champions League group.

Lloris’ poor decision making led to the opening Philippe Coutinho goal after just two minutes, as he came racing off his line and left the net wide open when missing the ball.

The 31-year-old could have done better for the fourth goal too when deciding to try play it out from the back in the latter stages.

Martin Keown criticised the French World Cup winner for his midweek display and was spot on with his assessment.

“His decision-making was poor for Barcelona’s first goal,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“As a sweeper-keeper you run the risk of getting it wrong if you fly off your line…  in that moment he cost his team.

“Lloris may have got away with that mistake in the Premier League but in Europe a side like Barcelona will punish you.”

ENFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Hugo Lloris during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on May 12, 2017 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

All eyes will now be on Lloris to bounce back and he couldn’t have asked for a more favourable fixture at home to Cardiff in the Premier League at the weekend.

But the shot-stopper could be feeling some pressure, as he’s made a number of high-profile errors in the last year despite being solid for the most part.

Teammate Paulo Gazzaniga also deputised well during his injury absence and it must have been difficult for manager Mauricio Pochettino to leave him out.

Lloris is unlikely to be under any immediate pressure for his number one position, but the club captain will be well aware there are quality options behind him.

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