It’s always disappointing to lose your best players but could you really blame Hugo Lloris if he wanted to play his football elsewhere from the start of next season? The French international has been in top form and had remained positive as top four football continued to slip away; qualities not evident in another man with a big question mark over his head – Jan Vertonghen.
“Lloris was top drawer. I heard people talking after the Everton game when he got a bang on the head, that he wasn’t the same goalie anymore,” said Tim Sherwood after yesterday’s defeat at West Ham.
“He’s a consistent performer. He performs like that every single week. If he makes a mistake, it’s an honest mistake but he doesn’t make many.”
Meanwhile, the current Head Coach predictably pointed to Younes Kaboul’s sending off as the moment that changed the game.
“You can always look at ifs, buts and maybes, the game is full of them,” Tim said. “Unfortunately we got a red card, but it was difficult when they then scored soon afterwards.
“We had to regroup and get on with it but the second goal killed us. It’s an error from the lads, they don’t need to be told. Then we had a mountain to climb.”
There could have been the consolation of losing out on the final European place but Sunderland’s win over Manchester United yesterday means that a single point from our final game at home to Aston Villa will mean Europa League football once again.