It seems a long time ago now that Spurs were alternating between Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris between the posts and with the Frenchman behind a defence that has conceded just twice in six league matches, it seems likely that Hugo will remain as the club’s number one for some time.

Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas may still maintain that the position is subject to change but he has been assuring the press today that he was never in doubt as regards to Lloris’ ability.

“It was a difficult situation. Above all we didn’t want to be unjust. Hugo’s qualities have never been questioned but Brad was very good at that time,” AVB said.

“Hugo arrived on a Friday. The next day Brad had an incredible match against Norwich, where he saved us from defeat at home. It was right for us to choose on performances. This does not mean we doubted Hugo, but we wanted to choose on merit, not reputation.”

Andre also made a comment that hinted at his style as a manager.

“In the case of Hugo, it was hard to accept,” AVB added.” I admit that some players would be impatient. But it was an example to give to the group, regardless of the quality of the individual.”

The issue is settled for now and presumably Hugo is happy but how much credit do we give him for the recent run of clean sheets?



  1. In these matches, we’ve not exactly been up against world class attackers. However, he has done his job and deserves credit for it. Also, same for Villas-Boas for the way he dealt with the situation. Yes, the whole of France seemed outraged for not selecting their star keeper immediately, but we would be looking at an entirely different scenario had Harry Redknapp still been in charge.

  2. AVB did a great job in this situation. Lloris appears to have a strong mentality anyway. But to oust Brad at that point would have caused a knock on effect that could have de-stabilised our whole squad. AVB’S Blue and white army.


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