Hugo on five years, pre-season, Harry and that penalty in Paris...
18 July 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Like Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen, it’s five years since Hugo Lloris walked into Spurs. Now 30 and the highly-respected captain of Club and country, Hugo feels as good as ever going into a huge 2017-18 campaign.
The goalkeeper arrived at Spurs from Lyon in August, 2012, already captain of France and ready for a new challenge. In five years, he’s ticked every box.
“It’s five years and we feel good,” he said. “Everything has changed. Everything has improved. When I signed five years ago people talked about the potential of this Club and now the gaffer and his staff have done a great job and we’re reaching this potential together.
Below: Hugo back in pre-season training
“I’m good, I had a great summer, I did what I had to do after a long season and now I’m back with a fresh mind and ready for the challenge.
“Every pre-season is special because there is a big season ahead and you need to prepare your body and mind. We spend a lot of time together as a squad of players and this time is important to share together.”
Hugo did, however, share time with team-mates back in June when France hosted England in a friendly at the Stade de France, Paris.
Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and debutant Kieran Trippier all played for England and Moussa Sissoko joined Hugo in the French squad.
Below: Captains Hugo and Harry shake hands before the France-England friendly in June
There was a wonderful moment for the Club as Hugo and Harry shook hands as international captains and then, of course, the stage was set for a duel when Dele was brought down and Harry stepped up to take a penalty against Hugo. Harry came out on top for his second goal of the game to make it 2-2 but Hugo had the last laugh as 10-man France ran out 3-2 winners.
“First of all I was so proud when I knew Harry was going to be captain of England,” said Hugo. “He deserved that because he’s a leader, so professional, ambitious and because he’s my friend it means even more.
“It was great to see Harry and the other guys in the tunnel. I can remember Dele and Harry came over for some water during the game and it’s funny because you can’t just give them the bottle, you have a chat as well, competitively. I was so pleased for Kieran as well, his first cap.
Below: Harry slots home his penalty against Hugo - straight down the middle
“As for the penalty...I knew it! I knew he would try down the middle but it was so difficult for me to stay in the middle of the goal. ‘H’ has scored so many penalties, he’s able to score anywhere.
“He knew that I knew where he’d go and at the same time I was thinking ‘he’ll shoot down the middle’ but it’s difficult to stay in the middle of the goal. We spoke afterwards but he was just disappointed because we ended up winning. That’s Harry.”