Lloris impressed with first taste of North London derby

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has stated he could feel the “great intensity” of the North London derby, as Spurs overcame rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane, Givemefootball.com reports.

The Frenchman joined Spurs from Lyon in the summer and has enjoyed an extended run in the Premier League, despite original fears that he was behind Brad Friedel in the pecking order. Lloris was not severely tested in Sunday’s derby match, but looked composed in helping Spurs open a seven point gap on their rivals. Spurs now sit in third place, two points ahead of Chelsea in fourth, after goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon secured a 2-1 win.

Lloris featured in the 5-2 defeat Tottenham suffered at the Emirates Stadium in the derby earlier this season and recognised the importance of the victory, as Spurs look to get back into the Champions League. Andre Villas-Boas’ side are unbeaten in their last 12 games, their best record in the Premier League, and are in pole position to land a Champions League birth.

The 25 year old said: “It’s an important win. I think we kept control during the game, maybe we had some difficulty the first 20 minutes, but we didn’t concede a lot of opportunities. We’re all happy with the three points, but the season is not finished, we have to continue in this form.”

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