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Vertonghen on Lloris' save, Wanyama and more post-Leverkusen reactions

Posted on 19 October 2016  - 10:52

Jan Vertonghen admitted Hugo Lloris’ goal-line stop to deny Javier Hernandez was among the best saves he’s ever witnessed in person as the Belgian international stopped alongside Victor Wanyama and Hugo himself to give us his views after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League.

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Goalkeeper Hugo won plaudits from far and wide for his performance in Germany and centre-back Jan, who also played his part as we kept a clean sheet against the Bundesliga side, was full of praise for his captain after the game.

Here are the post-match views from inside the players’ camp…

Jan Vertonghen

On Hugo’s incredible stop
“It’s one of the best saves I’ve ever seen live. People talked about Joe Hart’s recent save for England against Slovenia but I think this one is right up there as well. It’s an unbelievable save. That’s what goalkeepers are for, but this is different. I think everyone thought it was in apart from Hugo. I saw it straight after the game and all credit to Hugo, we owe a big part of this draw to him.”

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On the way the match panned out
“In the first half we were the better team. We did well but then they changed formation a bit and played a little more defensively, brought on another defensive midfielder and got more control of the game. They had the quality to create chances but we had the quality to keep a clean sheet.”

Victor Wanyama

On what the result means in the group
“We had a lot of chances in the first half, we could have scored from one on a good day but we didn’t and we have to learn from it and move on. I think we’re in a good position and now hopefully we can win our home games and get through to the knockout stages.”

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On another impressive personal performance
“You have to be fit and you have to read the game as well. I think that helps – by reading the game you are always in the right place at the right time. I always try to work hard, in every game I always want to do something and always want to improve.”

Hugo Lloris

On hosts’ second half resurgence
“It’s true that the game turned a bit to the Leverkusen side in the second half. We struggled a lot, we suffered a lot but we stuck together and at the end it’s a good point.”

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Thoughts going into return match against Leverkusen in a fortnight
“We knew straight away after the draw that the confrontation with Leverkusen would be decisive so we can be pleased with a point. We need to learn from this game because we need to improve our football and increase our level all together to try to do better at Wembley.”

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