Five points on PSG - with Hugo Lloris
22 July 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
In a new feature for 2017-18, we'll preview matches with 'five points' from our players, legends, pundits and experts in the media. First up, who better to talk abut PSG than our French number one and skipper Hugo Lloris?
HUGO, TELL US ABOUT PSG...
Hugo: "PSG have been the number one in France for a few years now. They have the potential to reach the top level in Europe, they can compete with the best teams and they have a great squad with great players. It will be an interesting challenge for us. Their ambition is to win the Champions League one day. I have a lot of respect for PSG and it will special for the gaffer as well, he played there and was captain as well. It's a good start for us."
WHAT ABOUT THE GOALKEEPERS - KEVIN TRAPP AND ALPHONSE AREOLA?
Hugo: "They are both young with great potential. It will be Trapp’s third season at PSG and step by step he’s reaching a high level of performance. He’s complete as a goalkeeper with his hands and feet. Areola is younger but with big potential. They shared last season and I don’t know what will happen this season, but both have such talent."
Below: Hugo in flying form training in Orlando
AS YOU SAID, THIS SQUAD IS BUILT TO CHALLENGE AT THE VERY TOP...
Hugo: "Yes, it’s the ambition of the club. In the last few years they’ve won all they can in France, Ligue 1, French Cup, League Cup but okay, last season Monaco were fantastic and won the league. In the last few years though, PSG are number one. They have a big squad with big players, big experience. They can beat Barca, Real Madrid, Chelsea. It will be an exciting game for us."
IN WITH ALL THOSE NAMES, PERHAPS AN UNSUNG HERO IN BLAISE MATUIDI?
Hugo: "Blaise is a fantastic player, a hard-working, team player. You always need a player like him. He runs so much. He’s a great guy with a great mentality and he’s played a number of years now for PSG. It wll be a pleasure to cross paths with him in Orlando."
HOW DRIVEN WILL PSG BE TO WIN BACK THAT LIGUE 1 TITLE?
Hugo: "I'm sure their appetite will be massive. At this level, it’s difficult to be consistent and to win the title every season. Lyon did that in the past but when you lose a title, you want to get back as quickly as possible and they have the capacity to do it, but teams will make it a difficult for them as possible. As we know, in football, it’s never easy to win a title."