February Hotspur - out now!
French international Hugo Lloris was warned in advance that the life of a goalkeeper in the Premier League is a tough one. Not just because of the quality he would be up against; but also because of the physicality of the English game.
Yet Hugo was never fazed and certainly not discouraged from making a move that was always his dream. And there is no doubt that he has picked up the gauntlet and consistently shown great skills since his move to Spurs from Lyon in August.
In fact, as Lloris tells Hotspur magazine, just winning a place at Spurs represented his biggest challenge from the onset with the likes of Brad Friedel never likely to hand over his place without a fight. And Hugo accepts that he will have to stay at his best just to stay in there - but will feed off that pressure to maintain consistency.
"Football here is played at a higher intensity," says the French captain. “It is faster, there are more personal duels on the pitch...and anything can happen. You certainly can't take any result for granted.
"And fighting spirit is very much part of English football. There is always intensity and teams never give up. It's a generous football and offensive; you have to be solid!"
So how did he deal with that physical approach with more crosses and challenges? And how would he sum up his own game and the qualities he brings?
He explains: "It is important to adapt to the English game but, by the same token, I have to make the most of my own abilities. I don't like to wait for the game to come to me; to have it imposed on me. So I like to attack the play quite high up the pitch.
“The important thing is to be effective in what you do, to perform well and to perform consistently at a high level.”
Read the full interview, backed up by our usual exclusive photography, in the latest Hotspur where one lucky reader will win a pair of Hugo’s signed goalkeeping gloves in our latest free-to-enter competition.
Other interviews this month include Michael Dawson on how he lifted himself from seemingly being surplus to requirements to be back captaining the side. And Scott Parker shares his joy at being back out there again after so long on the sidelines.
Clint Dempsey talks about the confidence surging back through himself and the team; Andre Villas-Boas reveals his ‘Manager of the Month’ pride; we focus on the in-form Aaron Lennon; and Jan Vertonghen admits that he feels part of a special group of players. We also introduce new arrival Zeki Fryers.
Our celebrity fan is BBC Radio 6’s Gideon Coe who tells us all about the 1980s Spurs team that he grew up with. We chat to Robbie Keane on his brief return to train at Hotspur Way and England batsman Jonathan Trott tells us about his ongoing search for a TV while on tour as he seeks to stay in touch with his beloved Tottenham.
In our two exclusive columns, Ossie Ardiles tells us why he loved playing for Spurs in Europe while Ledley King shares his optimism for the season as he watches our challenge grow.
On the nostalgia front we feature Cecil Poynton, Battle of Britain hero Don Finlay, Andy Turner, Stephen Robinson, Arthur Turner and John Duncan.
It’s all in the February Hotspur. Don’t miss it!