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'Sometimes, you need luck' - Hugo on his wonder save at Leverkusen

19 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris was typically humble after his wonder save secured a valuable point in the Champions League at Bayer Leverkusen.

The hand of Hugo was the talk of the BayArena after the goalless draw against a Leverkusen team unbeaten at home in UEFA competition since 2014.

The skipper produced one of his best-ever saves in a Spurs shirt to deny Javier Hernandez from point-blank range just three minutes into the second half.

Starting at his near post, Hugo managed to get across his goal as Hernandez slid in to meet Lars Bender's cutback from the right byline. Hernandez didn't quite connect cleanly but was still only six yards out, yet Hugo managed to stop the ball on the line, gather it in and keep it out in one movement as his momentum forced him to roll over.

Jan Vertonghen immediately described it as 'one of the best saves I've seen live', while Mauricio Pochettino admitted he thought Hernandez was sliding home for 1-0 from his view on the touchline.

"He should have scored, that’s the truth!" said Hugo afterwards. "But when you are a goalkeeper you always need to believe.

"It’s true the goal is very big, I’m not so tall, so I need to move quickly and I know that sometimes a striker can miss his kick and that was the case.

"I was in a good position to react and after that, you need luck, you need everything...sometimes you touch the ball but it still goes in. This time, it stayed in my hands and that’s good for me, for sure, but also good for the team because it helped us stay in the game."

Below: Hugo speaks to Spurs TV at the BayArena


Happy to deflect the attention away from his performance - indeed, when first asked, he replied 'it's better to talk about the game' - Hugo made three fine saves in the second half, getting down to make almost identical saves to deny low strikes from Charles Aranguiz and Admir Mehmedi.

However, that wasn't the full story, in fact, far from it. We had much the better of the first half and created a number of chances with Dele Alli heading just wide and in one move, Vincent Janssen striking the crossbar with a header and Erik Lamela's follow up tipped over by Bernd Leno.

"It was a very tough game, just as we expected," added Hugo. "At the end of the game we can be pleased with the point. We missed some good chances in the first half and at this level if you don't score, it's difficult to win games."

Below: Hugo in action against Leverkusen


Both of Tuesday night's matches ended in draws in Group E with Monaco equalising late at CSKA Moscow so it's 'as we were' at the halfway stage with Monaco top with five points from three games, we're second on four, Leverkusen have three and CSKA two.

Next up, we're back at Wembley for MD4 and the return against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, November 2 (7.45pm).