Captain of Arsenal rival pegs Gunners as likely Premier League winners, rips own team

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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris has never won a league title himself so it may be worthwhile to take his opinions of what it takes to win one with a grain of salt, but the Spurs stopper made a surprising claim about who the most likely Premier League title winners would be and why his own team wasn’t be one of them.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Lloris indicated that the youth and lack of maturity of his team – unlike at bitter-rival Arsenal and Manchester City  – is a big obstacle to Tottenham’s title hopes. The Spurs are currently fourth on the table, six points off of Arsenal and three points off of third-place Man City.

‘We don’t have the maturity of some teams, like [Manchester] City or Arsenal,’ the French goalkeeper said.

‘You need experience. You can’t buy it. You need to play games, you need to lose, you need to win.

‘We are young, we are talented, we are doing well, there is a great spirit in the team and we are working hard, so everything is positive – but we need to go step by step.

‘We will see where we are in the last 10 games, but at the moment we want to fight and stay as high as possible in the table.’

Lloris is currently tied for fifth in the Premier League with seven clean sheets, but the Spurs have conceded the fewest total goals in the league with 16 in 20 matches. The team has yet to concede more than two goals in a game – and only did so once, in a 2-2 draw with Swansea City.

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