Tottenham manager defends Hugo Lloris decision

Spurs kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, with the north London side landing a goalless draw at Goodison Park and that was partly down to the goalkeeping of Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham manager defends Hugo Lloris decision

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November 4th, 2013

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However, many are questioning the wisdom of the French international playing the full ninety minutes after receiving lengthy treatment in the second half after diving at the feet of Romelu Lukaku which saw the Belgian accidentally kick Lloris in the head.

It appeared that Brad Friedel was going to replace his team-mate although the Frenchman insisted he stay on the pitch, something which has led to criticism of the Tottenham coaching team, with many feeling it was dangerous for Lloris to continue playing.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas said: “Hugo still doesn’t recall everything about the incident. It was a very difficult moment for us and I am happy he is well.

“I made the call to keep him on the pitch because of the signs he was giving. He was determined to continue and looked concentrated, driven and focused enough for me not to make the call to replace him. The saves he did after the incident proved that right.”

Meanwhile, AVB also defended the fact that his team have only managed to score nine league goals this season, with Hull the only team to have managed fewer in the top ten of the Premier League.

“I don’t think it is dramatic,” he said. “We are on 30 goals in 17 games and it is the second highest ever at the club at this stage so I don’t worry about that. Hull are sitting 10th and we are fourth. The chances are coming and sometimes they go your way and the opponent is not there to stop it. The team is creating more chances and more shots. I can carry on about all the good statistics and others can carry on about all the negative statistics and the debate will go nowhere.

“At the moment it is results that have put us in fourth and in one of the spots for the Champions League. You can have more goals, less goals. We all want excitement but right now the team is doing extremely well.”

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