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'You could see': Gold explains why Tottenham coach 'was banging into' Spurs star on Sunday

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During the warmup before the game against Aston Villa, Tottenham fans would’ve noticed Hugo Lloris being made to go through a very physical drill by Spurs’ goalkeeping coach Rui Barbosa.

Tottenham went into the game against Villa on the back of three consecutive defeats. Lloris didn’t do a lot wrong in those fixtures, but Barbosa wanted to make sure that he was well-drilled for the game against the Villans.

Fellow goalkeepers Pierluigi Gollini and Brandon Austin were firing balls into the box for Lloris to handle. Barbosa made the Frenchman’s life miserable by banging into him every time he came close to the ball.

It really did seem strange at the time as it was right before the game. However, once we saw how Aston Villa tried to exploit Tottenham’s aerial weaknesses through long throw-ins, it was clear why Barbosa was doing what he did to Lloris.

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Alasdair Gold: Tottenham goalkeeping coach was banging into Hugo Lloris

The Football London journalist explained the training drill in detail on his podcast: “It was interesting to see, even before the game, we saw Hugo Lloris was getting a proper workout from Gollini and Brandon Austin, (who) were firing in deep balls into the box and the goalkeeping coach, Rui Barbosa, was really jostling and harassing and banging into Lloris, essentially, to try and put him off.

“You could see, we kind of realised as the game went on, it was all preparation for the (Matty) Cash long throws and the balls into the box.

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“I think that was the key thing. Spurs were so well prepared yesterday. The goal aside, which was a silly mistake, everything else they did out there, you could see that had come from the training ground.”

Although Lloris made zero punches and zero high claims against Aston Villa (SofaScore), you could see that he was prepared. The Frenchman was unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet, but he will be happy with how his side went about things.

The international break has arguably come at a bad time for Tottenham. They were really good against Villa and the momentum from that win could’ve been used to go on a good run. Sadly, they’ll have to wait a couple of weeks before they get back on the pitch.

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