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'Draw at City showed the mentality of this team' - Hugo

24 January 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

It says a lot about the Spurs class of 2017 that Hugo Lloris was speaking in positive terms after the situation we found ourselves in at Manchester City.

As the goalkeeper pointed out, it might have been a different story a few years ago as we fell 2-0 behind at the Etihad with the home team in flying form - and with two 5-1s and a 6-0 loss against City in recent memory (2011-14), it's difficult to argue.

Of course, Hugo was at fault himself as we gave ourselves a mountain to climb, but you just felt we could do something. Dele Alli pulled a goal back, but then Toby Alderweireld limped off at 2-1 and with Kevin Wimmer already substituted, we were two centre-backs down as well. Victor Wanyama stepped in, we kept City at bay and secured a point when Heung-Min Son converted Harry Kane's flick on 77 minutes.

"At the end, in a bad day for the team, we got a point against Manchester City, who played maybe one of their best games of the season," said Hugo.

"I think that's really positive.

Below: Hugo in action at City


"The only thing is, okay, we conceded some big chances but they didn’t score, they scored on the mistakes, especially mine.

"The first I’m a bit unlucky with because it’s handball and the second one, that’s part of football unfortunately when you are a goalkeeper.

"Of course, I would have preferred to avoid that but even at 2-0 down, the team had a great spirit, we moved forward and we scored two goals.

"It showed the mentality of this team. I’m pleased for that. I’m sure a few years ago we might have conceded a bad defeat in a situation like that. We needed to stay positive collectively and we were able to do that. The fans were happy and they pushed us until the end."