£12m signing from Lyon targets Friedel’s number one spot.
“Things were very clear from the start on Sunday,” Lloris told French newspaper L’Equipe. “I was at Tony Parks (Tottenham’s goalkeeping coach) and Brad Friedel’s disposal.
“That pitch, that atmosphere, that gives you desire to play. Moreover we got three points that made us start our season.
“For me, it is a period to manage. Obviously I have desire. I came here to play.
“I am at the club, I know where I have to go to. I had a talk with the coach, as he said, and I know everyone at Tottenham wanted me to come.
“So indeed, I am in an adaptation period, I’ve had very few training sessions, and there are players that I didn’t know. But I am expecting time on the pitch.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Hugo Lloris had barely trained with Spurs before the British media began stirring, with ridiculous headlines suggesting that the ‘keeper was set for ‘showdown’ talks with head-coach Andre Villas-boas over reports Brad Friedel would remain number one in north London.
The veteran star did keep his place for the win at Reading, with Lloris on the bench. But if the Frenchman had walked into the team, having barely trained or met his teammates, at the expense of Friedel – who has racked up 308 consecutive Premier League appearances – it would have given the media even more reason to lay-into AVB.
As it happened, the Portuguese made the right call but there is every chance that Lloris could make his debut in Thursday’s Europa League home game with Lazio.
It is a nice position for Spurs to be in. While Friedel lacks agility and rarely ventures too far off his line, the American brings an air of calm assurance to the Tottenham back-line and leads from the back. Lloris may well take time to get to grips with the pace and physicality of the Premier League but the France captain is considered one of the finest goalkeepers in the world and will surely make the number one shirt his own before too long.
But even if Lloris struggles for games this season, he should not lose heart. This is likely to be 41-year-old Friedel’s last season in professional football, while his former understudy Carlo Cudicini is 38. Spurs also have Heurelho Gomes on their books but the Brazilian is unwanted and untrusted. The future belongs to Lloris and, at 25, he still has plenty of years at the top as a goalkeeper. Just ask Friedel.
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