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Puel on Hugo Lloris and our 'quality, technical players'

28 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Southampton manager Claude Puel says he's looking forward to taking on a side skippered by his former player Hugo Lloris when we go to St Mary's tonight (Wednesday, December 28).

Goalkeeper Hugo was one of Puel's first signings as Lyon boss in 2008 and spent three years playing under the ex-Monaco midfielder in Ligue 1.

Now firmly established as our number one stopper and club captain, Hugo will meet his former gaffer – now in charge of the Saints – for the first time in the Premier League this evening.

And it's fair to say 55-year-old Puel is relishing the moment!

“(Hugo) has a good level, good quality, character, and he's a good captain,” he said.

“He was my player at Lyon and I gave him the role of captain. He was a young player but always an important player. I made him captain because he sets an example, inside and outside the ground. He gives good words, good sentences about the game. He always recognises the situation.”

On the challenge of breaching our defence and building on his side's 3-1 victory over Bournemouth last time out, Puel said: “It's a good thing to play good football and it will be important and interesting with our fans to play a good game, with a good result. Against Tottenham, I think it is a good day for this.

“It's a team like us, who like to play good football, with possession, quality and technical players. They have a good spirit.

“Of course, they are a great team and they play for first place in the table, but we saw good things against Bournemouth – on the spontaneity, on the quality, and I hope we will stay with this spirit and these good intentions in the last third.”