Tottenham’s Lloris: I need regular first-team action to be at my best

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insists he needs regular first-team football at White Hart Lane to be at his best

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris moved to Tottenham Hotspur in August Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has admitted he needs regular first-team football at Tottenham Hotspur to ensure the France international remains at his best.

The 25-year-old started his first Premier League game in Spurs’ 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with manager Andre Villas-Boas dropping Brad Friedel to bench.

It was Lloris’ third appearance for Tottenham since completing a £12.3m move from Lyon to north London during the summer transfer window.

“I was used to playing every three days in Lyon,” he told the Telegraph.

“Necessarily, to progress, to be effective, it’s better to play every week with his team. I hope to play more and more to be at my best. When you sign at the last minute, it’s never easy. I still need a few games to find the rhythm.

“Over the past month, I’ve played only three games. It takes a little more concentration, especially working at training. I try to compensate but what matters is the game at the weekend.”

Lloris enjoyed a relatively straightforward English top-flight debut aside from one poor pass which almost resulted in a goal for Villa’s Christian Benteke.

“It was poor,” said Lloris. “It could have been dangerous, but the striker [Christian Benteke] put his header off target, fortunately for us.

“It was an important game for me, an introduction to the Premier League after three to four weeks of waiting and working. Whether with Brad, goalkeeping coaches or even with the manager, everything has gone well.”

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