Lloris admits early Spurs problems

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris admits that the start to his Tottenham career was not as easy as he expected, Inside Futbol reports.

Lloris made the switch from French side Lyon on transfer deadline day at the start of this season, and despite being France’s number one, found himself playing second fiddle to Brad Friedel. Spurs manager, Andre Villas-Boas initially opted to use the 25-year-old Lloris in European competition, starting five of Spurs’ Europa League group games.

However, it appears Lloris has cemented himself as Spurs 1st choice, having started the past six Premier League games. And it’s a journey that has tested Lloris.

“It was not easy. This was not intended, that I did not play. It was a concern for the national team. Things should not happen like that.”

Lloris started his career with Nice in France, earning a reputation as an exciting young goalkeeper. AC Milan came calling for his services when we was in his early twenties, however he snubbed a move to the Italian giants and joined Lyon instead for €8.5 million. He earned his first call-up to the France international squad in 2008, and has quickly established himself as 1st choice for country.

It was a surprise to some that Spurs made a move for Lloris, as in their goalkeeping ranks, along with Friedel, were the understudies Carlo Cudicini and former 1st choice ‘keeper, Heurelho Gomes. Given Friedel had been first choice for an improving Spurs side since his move to White Hart Lane in 2011, and had an impressive run of 310 consecutive games without being dropped, Lloris knew it wouldn’t be easy to make himself the clear 1st choice. However, he admits that he’s learnt from the experience.

“You must give your answers on the pitch and through that experience, I will grow. It was a challenge. I took the playing time that I was given and I went through it in order to reach a more favourable situation where I can continue to play the game.”

Spurs, currently sitting 5th in the Premier League, face Swansea on the weekend.

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