Euro 2016 - Hugo on the cusp of history
10 July 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Hugo Lloris is looking forward to a "unique opportunity" as he prepares to lead out host nation France in tonight's Euro 2016 Final.
Our 29-year-old goalkeeper, who is the captain of his nation as well as the skipper here at Spurs, will lift the coveted silverware if France can see off Portugal at the Stade de France, kick-off 8pm UK time.
Should Les Bleus emerge victorious, Hugo will become the first ever individual to both play in and win a major international tournament final while on our books.
The great Jimmy Greaves was, of course, part of England's 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning squad but did not feature in the Final, while Christian Ziege came on as a substitute for Germany in the 2002 World Cup Final – only to end up on the losing side, with Brazil claiming the trophy.
Below: Hugo in training on Saturday
Looking ahead to a landmark game in his career, Hugo said: "We have an opportunity to write French football history. It is a unique opportunity in a player's career and you need to make the most of that."
Hugo received plenty of praise for his performance in France's 2-0 semi-final victory over world champions Germany on Thursday but he remains characteristically coy about his showings at the tournament so far ahead of tonight's winner-takes-all encounter.
“It’s normal that there is some euphoria after what we did against Germany, but we must be calm because we are playing against a great rival in Portugal," he added.
"This step will be the hardest but our minds will guide us in our efforts.
"We'll try to give 100 per cent and have no regrets when we finish the match."