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Rob Green assesses Hugo Lloris after highly criticised Tottenham display

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Rob Green assesses Hugo Lloris after highly criticised Tottenham display

The Frenchman was widely criticised for his performance in Tottenham’s 3-0 loss.

Tottenham Hotspur are out of the Champions League following a 4-0 aggregate defeat against German side RB Leipzig. 

Jose Mourinho’s men were thoroughly outplayed by the German outfit, but Spurs captain Hugo Lloris might be left disappointed with his efforts in the game. 

The Frenchman got a hand to Leipzig’s first two goals from captain Marcel Sabitzer and plenty of fans and pundits online were quick to demonise the World Cup winner for his display. 

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However, one man who seemed to have a little more sympathy was BBC 5 Live pundit Robert Green. 

The former West Ham and England keeper, who won 12 caps for his nation, did not absolve Lloris for either goal, but certainly shared some sympathy with the Tottenham stopper. 

“It was just out of Hugo Lloris’ reach, he got fingertips on it. He’ll be disappointed with that. It’s a shot in the corner drifting away from him and one that he’s just not able to get to.

“Such a simple goal. Lloris again gets a hand to the ball and isn’t able to keep it out. It’s a horrible one for a goalkeeper, you think you’ve made a fantastic save and it hits the post and drifts over the line. Such an avoidable goal for Tottenham.”

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Lloris will no doubt be disappointed not to have kept both goals out, but neither were glaring errors. 

The first goal was perhaps the bigger faux pas. However, the ball was curling away from him. The second was hardly his fault. Lloris was setting for a cross and heading in the wrong direction when Sabitzer bulleted a magnificent header at goal. If the ball had stayed out, Lloris would have been praised for making a glorious save. 

Green, being a goalkeeper, was clearly more understanding of that, despite being critical. 

It seems some pundits, especially those who have never played in goal, were quick to slam Lloris for his display. 

Seems many have forgotten that it was the Frenchman who ensured Tottenham were still in the tie with a tremendous performance in the first-leg between these two sides.

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