Hugo reflects on World Cup triumph
Mon 16 July 2018, 12:17|Tottenham Hotspur
Hugo Lloris paid tribute to his family and team-mates as France won the World Cup for the first time since 1998.
The goalkeeper was in joyous mood following Les Bleus' 4-2 victory over Croatia in the Moscow final on Sunday.
Our number one became the first ever Spurs player to captain his country to World Cup glory and reflected on the moment he lifted the most prized trophy in the game.
“In front of me was my grandmother, father, brother, sister, my wife and my two kids so it means a lot to me. It’s a great, emotional moment,” said Hugo, who is now the sixth most-capped French player of all-time after making his 104th international appearance in the final.
The 31-year-old revealed that he wondered whether France’s shot at silverware had passed when they lost the Euro 2016 final to Portugal on home soil.
“We didn’t know after the final of the Euros that we were going to have one more chance,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to have success with the French national team and we’ve made it with a lot of effort.”
Hugo also highlighted the main factors behind France’s achievement and they bear a striking similarity to those he has championed in his role as our captain.
“The key was the mentality and the team spirit,” he added. “We have a lot of great players in the squad but we were all ready to work for the team and that made our success.
“It’s difficult to get success – you need to be in the right team at the right moment – so that’s why we can enjoy this moment because it’s fantastic. There is a lot of work and history behind this success and it’s a great moment.”