In the wake of Wednesday night’s 2-1 win away to Fulham, Hugo Lloris was hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. Since finally claiming the number one spot from Brad Friedel, we’ve all appreciated the contributions from our French International but the media have focussed a little on one or two recent negatives.
There was, of course, the head injury following the collision with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku but that just came on the back of a disputed handball outside of the box and a very uncharacteristic display while on international duty against Belarus.
Against Fulham however, Hugo showed one of the reasons why our defensive performances (West Ham and Manchester City excepted) have been so impressive. It was a display which drew deserved praise from his manager.
“He needed a game like that for his confidence,” said Andre Villas-Boas.
“A goalkeeper that is called into action in a game has a boost of confidence.
“It can be a boost of confidence for him to have this kind of impact.
“We bought him last year with a view to strengthen, he fought hard to get his place back but he is a top, top goalkeeper and he has ambitions for himself and the club.
“He showed all of his qualities once again
Clearly AVB feels that Lloris has had a boost of confidence and the stopper may need to be at his best once again as he faces a Sunderland side that put three past Chelsea in midweek.